Best known for his critically acclaimed single “I Want You”, which earned him a Grammy Award, Luke James is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the R&B singer, whose birth name is Luke James Boyd, has always been musically inclined as a child.
He was part of a high-school musical trio, Upskale, with his schoolmates, Quinten Spears, and Tah. They later split and became a duo, Luke & Q, with just Luke and Quinten in it. The duo started to perform as the opening act for Tyrese Gibson but soon had to split, as well, because of lack of public recognition.
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Luke James then focused on his songwriting skills and had written songs for recording artists such as Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Keri Hilson, and Justin Bieber. He started to appear in some music videos and gained recognition after appearing in Beyonce’s “Run the World” MV. He released his first EP titled “#Luke” in December 2011 and it turned out to be a success. But what catapulted him to fame was his Grammy-nominated song “I Want You”.
He made his film debut in 2011 when he appeared in the movie “Rift”. His role was small but it opened more doors for him. That was followed by “Black Nativity” (2013), “Trevor” (2019), and “Christmas in Harmony” (2021). He was also a part of six TV series, including “The Bobby Brown Story” (2018), “The Chi” (2020), and “Genius: Aretha” (2021).
Fans have wondered about Luke James’ sexuality because of how he dresses, his support for LGBTQ+ rights, and the personal and emotional topics in his songs. People also talk about it because he has close friendships with many LGBTQ+ artists and spreads a message of inclusivity. So the question is, is Luke James gay? Let’s find out.
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What Sparked the Gay Rumors About Luke James?
The rumors about Luke James’ sexuality started when his character in the American drama TV series “The Chi” (2017-present) dated and kissed transgender model Jasmine Davis’ character. The intimate scene between them, where James passionately made out with Davis’ character, who plays the role of a trans woman, sparked rumors about the actor’s sexuality. Fans started to wonder if the actor was homosexual in real life.
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Luke James’ Dating History
Luke James dated professional dancer Kim Gingras in 2014. The two must have met on Beyonce’s tours — where Gingras was one of the tour dancers and James was doing opening acts. The singer received backlash from fans when he went public with his relationship with Beyonce’s most popular dancer. A lot of fans were upset that he was dating someone who was white. The relationship was said to only last for 6 months.
The singer-actor then went into a relationship with English singer Jessie J from 2014 to 2015. As far as the public knows, Jessie J is James’s longest relationship. The couple came out in the open when Jessie J posted a photo of them together on Instagram with the caption:
In an interview with The Real Daytime, Jessie J said she no longer felt like hiding her relationships from the public.
However, 10 months after they started dating, Jessie J broke up with Luke James because she thought he was just using her for fame. A source told The Sun that “Jessie fell hard for Luke, but over the summer she started having doubts.”
The breakup wasn’t that neat as Jessie was ranting on social media.
Is Luke James Gay?
No, there is nothing to prove that Luke James is gay. The R&B singer tried to keep most of his relationships private, he was reportedly single at the moment. But even though he wasn’t currently dating anyone, and he wasn’t that open about his past relationships either, that does not necessarily mean that the rumors were true. The actor-singer was, in fact, never linked to anyone of the same gender before. Thus, it’s pretty baseless to assume that he was gay.