“I’ve never been good pretending,” croons recording artist and former American Idol contestant Rayvon Owen in the opening line of his new song, “Can’t Fight It.”
By the end of the accompanying video, released over the weekend on Valentine’s Day (d’aww), those words come into clearer focus as the object of Crone’s impassioned affection finally makes an appearance for a brief kiss before the scene cuts to black.
If you haven’t quite caught up, it’s a man. Mic drop.
But what would otherwise be an impactful way of coming out to fans is made more notable by the fact that Owen’s on-screen kissing partner, Shane Bitney Crone, is his real-life boo. (Double d’aww.)
Crone is known for his 2013 documentary Bridegroom, which chronicles his experience with love and loss after a tragic accident that claimed his partner Tom Bridegroom. Crone was kept away from Tom in the hospital because they weren’t married and from the funeral due to threats of violence from Tom’s family.
Crone and Owen met at a 2013 World AIDS Day event, where Owen was performing and Crone was volunteering.
“I walked out the large revolving door of my hotel and bumped into a tall, attractive man with a big, bright smile. He said hello, I said hello, and we went our separate ways,” Crone writes in a lengthy Facebook post. “After a few paces I looked back to catch another glimpse of him and saw that he was doing the same. A curious feeling, one I hadn’t felt in over a decade, came over me.”
In the same post, Crone shares this photo of the couple:
By the end of the night, sparks were undeniably flying.
“This was how love was supposed to happen. No lies. No games. Just two people who could be themselves with each other,” Crone adds.
The director for Owen’s video originally wanted the singer to exit the club with a beautiful woman at the end, but the singer changed it last-minute to be more honest.
Watch the video for Rayvon Owen’s “Can’t Fight It” below: