Heavy DWTS star Jason Mraz shared insight into his divorce.
During Season 32 of “Dancing with the Stars,” contestant Jason Mraz committed himself to dance on an important personal journey.
In a new interview, Mraz opened up about the complicated emotions he went through while trying to win the DWTS Mirrorball trophy.
Here’s what you need to know:
Jason Mraz learns important life lessons through dance
In 2018, Mraz posted a poem during Pride Month in which he wrote, “I’m on your side,” shared ET Online. This was the first time he publicly announced that he was a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Mraz was married to Christina Carano at the time he came out as bisexual. However, in June, he told the Los Angeles Times that he and Carano were quietly divorcing. He had kept quiet about the divorce out of respect for Carano. However, now he’s opening up about his journey to discover who he really is.
On November 13, an interview Mraz conducted with GLAAD’s Anthony Ramos was shared on the GLAAD Instagram page. Throughout the interview, Mraz spoke quite openly about the difficulties he felt in self-discovery.
The musician explained: “As we grow, we evolve, unravel, unfold, you know, we evolve, and a lot of the album spoke to those things because I felt like I wasn’t final yet was that I still had things I wanted to experience.”
Mraz said: “I had to play through many other scenarios of his sexuality before I got here.” The “Dancing with the Stars” contestant added: “Unfortunately it was very difficult, both difficult to implement and to decipher. “
The singer admitted: “What I’m basically describing is a divorce, you know, and that’s very hard. You carry a lot of shame and guilt inside of you, you know, you want to heal as many of the past relationships as possible.” Mraz added: “At the same time, step into this new acceptance and new identity or whatever I claim, and that’s it too difficult.”
Mraz builds self-confidence and finds himself
Dancing with the Stars offered a unique opportunity to find out who he is. “All day you look at yourself in the mirror, and it can be difficult for anyone, any person, to accept themselves in the mirror,” Mraz noted. “On top of that, my partner, my trainer here, is asking me to move in ways that I’ve never done before.”
Mraz admitted: “My first reaction is I look silly. And then you break through that and it’s like, “Oh no, I feel it.” I feel it. Okay, I feel kinda cool. And then at some point it becomes self-confidence.”
“So it’s a journey… I have to figure out how to accept myself, get back into my body and move through life in a way that I’m happy about,” Mraz explained. The “Dancing with the Stars” contestant shared that he’s working on it: “So at the end of the day I feel successful and happy to be myself.”
He has found that “dance is an amazing medium for this transformation and self-acceptance.” Mraz encouraged others: “Be patient with yourself. Love yourself despite all that silly awkwardness, because that is the tone that then becomes something is formed that you find really beautiful.”
Stacy Carey has been a freelance writer focusing on reality TV and celebrity news for more than a decade. She writes extensively for “The Bachelor,” “Hallmark,” and “Dancing With the Stars.” More about Stacy Carey