Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Pete Wentz: If Fall out Boy Is the Toast of the Emo-Rock Scene, Bassist and Lyricist Pete Wentz Is the Butter and the Jam. Riding the Success of Its Latest Chart-Topping CD, Infinity on High, and Its Lead Single, "This Ain't a Scene, Its an Arms Race,' the 27-Year-Old Exhibitionist Told Us about His Gay Posse and the One Little Thing Keeping Him from Sealing the Deal with a Dude

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Pete Wentz: If Fall out Boy Is the Toast of the Emo-Rock Scene, Bassist and Lyricist Pete Wentz Is the Butter and the Jam. Riding the Success of Its Latest Chart-Topping CD, Infinity on High, and Its Lead Single, "This Ain't a Scene, Its an Arms Race,' the 27-Year-Old Exhibitionist Told Us about His Gay Posse and the One Little Thing Keeping Him from Sealing the Deal with a Dude

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Were you aware of your big gay following?

Someone told me that one of our songs got played in gay clubs a lot, but I didn't realize that we had that big of a gay following. I have a lot of gay friends, though. Like my friend Nate, he's pretty rad. I go a lot of events where I have to go on the red carpet, and pretty much the only things I wear are hoodies and jeans, so he's my stylist. I didn't feel comfortable with a female stylist because I was getting a lot of weird stuff pulled out for me, and he's got this awesome style. Since he's been styling me I don't end up on as many "worst" lists. [Laughs] But we're also tight buddies, and I have a couple friends from New York and Chicago that are gay. It's weird because--and I'm sure everybody says it all the time--I don't really categorize my friends, because it's not like my friends are continually trying to sleep with me, gay or straight.

You made a lot of gay fans happy when you admitted that you'd kissed boys because "anything above the waist is fair game."

[Laughs] I actually mean it. That's just kind of how I am. I'm a little bit of a make-out king. I don't discriminate too much.

What's the closest you've ever come to taking the boy-on-boy action to the next level?

I haven't really ever gotten that close, 'cause honestly, I'm not a real big fan of penises. Like my own, whenever I look at it, I just don't find anything attractive about it. I can't believe girls are into it. It blows my mind a little bit. So that's the biggest problem. I'd love to share clothes with a dude and have all those benefits, but I just can't get past that thing. It's just weird-lookin'.

Penises aside, any dude crushes?

I don't have an issue finding guys attractive. I was with my friend last night watching The Prestige and she's like, "Christian Bale is so hot." And I'm like, "Yeah, that's a good-looking dude." There's nobody specific, but if you just named off dudes I could tell you if I thought they were hot or not.

I'll spare you. You've also said that people who aren't a fan of yours will sometimes call you an antigay slur. Why is that?

I don't know. I think it's a real cheap, easy word. In high school it bothered me a lot when it got yelled at me and stuff, but it's completely unoffensive to me now--it doesn't hurt. But when I think about my friends who are gay and that it does bother them, that's when it bums me out. There are so many good words to call people that to resort to sexual preference is kind of boring and stupid. …

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