‘American Idol’ Runner Up LaPorsha Renae Clarifies LGBT Comments

“American Idol” runner-up and La’Porsha Renae caught some heat after some remarks she made about the LGBT community.

Following the “AI” series finale, the Mississippi native participated in an April 8th conference call with the media. One reported asked her about her home state’s House Bill 1523, which allows those who object same-sex unions to deny wedding services to same-sex couples.

She admitted she hadn’t heard about the bill, but replied, “Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons, whatever the reason is, you still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another. I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way. It wasn’t how I was raised.” She added, “a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on.”

Her comment angered some people in the LGBT community, who spouted off their disapproval social media, including  famous gossip blogger Perez Hilton. Renae replied with a tweet, saying:

“We don’t have to agree with each other’s life choices to love/respect one another. Live and let live. #RENAETION #RespectThatWeAreDifferent.”

And when asked about her comments during a Periscope Q&A with fans, Renae responded how the question was misplaced because she’s not into politics and how words get screwed up in interviews: