Gospel singer and televangelist Juanita Bynum recently appeared on Atlanta radio station V-103, opening up about past drug use as well as having had relationships with women, the Huffington Post reports.
But when it came to the disclosure about her sexuality, this was no Frank Ocean moment. Rather, the former Trinity Broadcasting Network anchor seemed to put these experiences in the same category as substance abuse and other “issues and struggles.” We’re especially not sure what she meant by the comment, “That abuse that I suffered was because I attracted after my own kind.” In any case, there’s a big difference between forgiving oneself for the past and actually embracing it, and Bynum is quite clearly doing the former:
“I’ve done it all. I did the drugs. I’ve been with men. I’ve been with women. It’s not a line. It’s my life,” Bynum said. “I took full responsibility in every area because every choice that I made, nobody put a gun to my head. These were my choices and I made these choices due to a lack of wisdom.”
“I’m not embarrassed about my conversions, and that’s why I’m not insecure about being around people who have issues and struggles,” she added.
Following suffering a near-fatal attack by her estranged husband, Thomas W. Weeks III, in 2007, the former Trinity Broadcasting Network televangelist has gone on to become a New York Times bestselling author with her book, “The Threshing Floor” and launch several businesses, including a publishing company and a skin care line.
Bynum has since moved on from her relationship with Weeks, and she credits having “purpose and destiny” for filling a longtime void from other negative periods of her life.
“That abuse that I suffered was because I attracted after my own kind. That abuse was always sitting in me,” she said on V-103. “I had already abused myself mentally and emotionally for years trying to fill a void that only the power of purpose can fill.”
Read more at the Huffington Post.