‘The Voice’s Tyshawn Colquitt Blames Porn Past for His Elimination

Kyle Montplaisir
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In an exclusive interview with Radar, The Voice season 15’s Tyshawn Colquitt opened up about his gay porn past. After making it to the Knockouts on Team JHud, Tyshawn lost to Franc West last week. On the show, the recently eliminated artist shared his story of struggle and financial hardships. But now, he has also revealed his secret past appearing in gay porn movies.


To refresh your memory, here is Tyshawn’s Blind Audition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_hpeUBlPA8

Tyshawn Colquitt was featured on the premiere episode of The Voice this season. Before his appearance, he had won Live at the Apollo three times as a teen and three times as an adult. His backstory on the show told that he was the oldest of 12 siblings, growing up in Cincinnati. His family struggled to make ends meet. Because of this, Tyshawn founded a pound cake company, Pound 4 Sound, with his mother. The company delivers homemade pound cakes with a song from Tyshawn himself.


Yet in the recently conducted interview by Radar, Tyshawn Colquitt revealed he went to more extreme measures in the past. About his dark history, he said:

“Gay porn is a part of my past and I did it when I was going through a rough time. I got a presidential scholarship, but I didn’t have any money to pay for any type of living expenses, so I couldn’t go to college. I was trying to do so many different things and it was just not enough. Being a homosexual was not a part of my lifestyle that I am comfortable with. But doing that was a safer way of not being close to people and still being able to pay for my journey.”

He also attributes some of his decision to do porn to his lack of parental guidance.

“During the time, I did not have a male figure in my life. It has always been a rocking chair with me. Honestly, I was not expecting it to go as big as it did. So, I went to a place where I just gave up. I did not want to let anyone down and I did what I had to do to keep the money going.”

Tyshawn Colquitt Tweet


CBS’s The Talk tweeted that Tyshawn Colquitt “blames porn past for elimination.” The panel also talked about it on their show. While his history could have been a factor, I don’t think that’s actually why he didn’t win his Knockout. He was straight up beaten by Franc West, who outsang him. Plus I’m not even sure this was public knowledge before the interview with Radar. I haven’t seen any evidence of it leaking to The Voice viewers online prior to this. And it seems like something Tyshawn wanted to keep under wraps while he was on the show!

But Tyshawn posted an Instagram about it as well and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Many of his followers encouraged him, saying his past doesn’t define him. Many say that his talent speaks for itself. For Tyshawn Colquitt, he acknowledges his mistakes and hopes to move on from it.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp0hMKol4b4/

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