Bowen Yang is the first Chinese-American cast member on Saturday Night Live. Aside from that, he is one of the only openly gay cast members who have ever appeared on Saturday Night Live.
Yang’s admirers were surprised when he announced on Instagram that he was now straight and dating fellow SNL cast member Ego Nwodim, despite Yang being an openly gay star.
Was Ego Nwodim dating Bowen Yang?
Yang’s sexuality became a topic of debate after he tweeted a photo of himself with Nwodim and remarked, “I’m now on the straight and narrow. This is my girlfriend’s picture.” Nwodim made a similar post, including a photo of herself holding hands with a man. Unlike Yang’s article, however, hers did not divulge the identify of her companion, and she even requested anonymity.
I now have a boyfriend and am happier than I’ve ever been. Please, however, respect my privacy. Many folks were perplexed by the posts because Yang had been publicly gay for as long as he’d worked with SNL. Despite this, many people speculated if the two were dating and if the comic had gone straight.
The truth, on the other hand, was considerably more obvious. The Instagram photos were nothing more than a hoax devised by the two. This wasn’t the first time Saturday Night Live cast members acted as a fictitious pair for laughs.
While many fans picked up on the idea that it was a romance joke right away, many others were baffled. On February 8, his boyfriend Nwodim tweeted, “Should I cheat on Bowen?” which elicited additional laughter and confusion.
Bowen Yang was a gay man who had undergone conversion therapy
Yang is a brilliant cartoonist who is pleased to be part of the LGBTQ community. He wasn’t always like this, though. As the son of Chinese immigrants, the SNL cast struggled to accept his sexual identity. He admitted in an interview with The New York Times that he tried “straightness” when he first started at New York University, but it didn’t work for him.
Yang also revealed that his family was horrified when they discovered he was gay. Every day during dinner, his father, who he had only seen cry when Yang’s grandfather died, was sobbing in front of him.
To placate his parents, the cast of Saturday Night Live agreed to go to homosexual conversion therapy sessions. He despised it, but for the sake of his parents, he resolved to stick to it.
Yang also discussed his parents’ reactions to him being gay. For them, this cultural value around masculinity, keeping the family line running, and keeping things pure and sacred was a cultural thing.
The comedian stated that his relationship with his family had substantially improved, and that they were doing their best to understand each other.
Is Bowen Yang dating anyone?
Yang is open about his sexuality now, but he is more guarded when it comes to his dating life. He’s never addressed dating or revealed his relationship status. The fact that he has a boyfriend has never made it into the news.
Furthermore, he appears to be unmarried and without a husband. Yang appears to be more concerned with his profession than with finding a loving partner.