Date: Friday, September 25, 2009, 4:57 am
From his tattooed and pierced appearance, a short-lived marriage, the death of his father, and early retirement from the gospel industry to being dropped from Verity Records, the life and career of gospel artist Tonex (To-nay) has been marred by pain and controversy.
Throughout all the pressure, the young pastor of Truth Apostolic Community Church in San Diego has taken pride in being transparent.
In 2007, after a foul-mouthed online interview and angry YouTube posts, he issued an open letter apologizing to fans and fellow clergy for his outlandish rants.
Now, during an astonishing testimony in an exclusive interview on Word Network's "The Lexi Show," Tonex (real name Anthony Williams) lays to rest years of speculation about his sexuality and admitted he is attracted to men.
When Lexi attempts to clarify if he is a practicing homosexual, the radical artist declares he is a “free spirit.”
Among many candid details, in the following clips, Tonex acknowledges he had a nervous breakdown, says he does not blame his interest in men on being molested, that he believes in “same sex covenants” and that he wants to be a dad someday.
You can see the full interview by visiting You Tube and search for Lexi Show Tonex
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