“Yes, I am a bisexual man,” Aaron Cater confirmed during a highly emotional performance on Thursday night.
The singer, who opened up about his sexuality just days ago on Twitter, made his first public appearance since coming out last week at Hamburger Mary’s, a queer restaurant and club near his hometown in Brandon, Florida.
Carter performed a new song, “Hard To Love,” for the crowd, which consisted of “several hundred people... mostly groups of women” who paid $10 for the opportunity to see him, according to TampaBay.com.
A clip of the 29-year-old singer’s appearance, provided by TMZ.com, showed him breaking down in tears at one point, presumably overcome with emotion from the support he received in the aftermath of his revelation.
“I just want to say thank you for all your love and support with the LGBTQ community and my announcement,” he said. “I just want to say thank you again for believing in me and even if you don’t, I still love you.”
“No one really knew ― not my mom, no one,” he said. “It wasn’t until I was about 17 [and] there was somebody I had a small relationship with.”
He also told Weiss that he’s “really looking forward to the future right now.” “Whether I choose to be with a woman or a man is my decision ― no one else’s,” he said.
It appears Carter, whose relationship with his former girlfriend, Madison Parker, ended directly after his announcement, has already started choosing.
He flirted with several members of the Hamburger Mary’s crowd, telling two men they were “gorgeous,” and on Wednesday, he asked actress Chloë Grace Moretz out via Twitter.