The 44-year-old music producer — behind hits such as Lady Gaga‘s “Shallow” and Bruno Mars‘ “Uptown Funk” — discovered the term backstage when the talk show aired a segment on sapiosexuality prior to his interview.
“Now we know you are single, and Mark has got very involved in our debate backstage, you are identifying as a man who likes intellect?” host Kate Harraway asked Ronson, who separated from his wife, French actress Joséphine de La Baume, in 2017. The former couple’s divorce was finalized in 2018.
“Yeah, I didn’t know that there was a word for it,” he replied. “We were all arguing backstage in the dressing room with a couple of your producers. And yes, I feel like I identify as sapiosexual.”
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Mark Ronson attends the Tim Walker: Wonderful Things exhibition launch at The V&A in partnership with British Fashion Council, on September 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for V&A)
BILLUND, DENMARK - SEPTEMBER 17: Today, musician and producer, Mark Ronson and The LEGO Group launch Rebuild The World, a campaign to help nurture the creative skills of the next generation on September 17, 2019 in Billund, Denmark. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for The LEGO Group)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Mark Ronson DJs at The Grand Opening of The Standard on September 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for The Standard)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Mark Ronson and Derek Blasberg celebrate the launch of YouTube.com/Fashion on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for YouTube)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Mark Ronson attends Peggy Gou and Browns private dinner at Double Standard, The Standard, to celebrate Kirin FW19 on September 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Browns)
EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK - AUGUST 03: Mark Ronson attends Apollo in the Hamptons 2019: Hosted by Ronald O. Perelman at The Creeks on August 03, 2019 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson perform live on the Pyramid stage during day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 30, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. The festival, founded by farmer Michael Eavis in 1970, is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. Tickets for the festival sold out in just 36 minutes as it returns following a fallow year. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Mark Ronson backstage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 29, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Mark Ronson day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 28, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
SUNDAY TODAY WITH WILLIE GEIST -- Pictured: (l-r) Willie Geist and Mark Ronson on June 13, 2019 -- (Photo by: Mike Smith/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Mark Ronson -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guests Mark Ronson and Lykke Li during Thursday's June 13, 2019 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Mark Ronson during Thursday's June 13, 2019 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Mark Ronson spins at Club Heartbreak With Mark Ronson on June 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 12: Mark Ronson visits SiriusXM Studios on June 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
Mark Ronson on the red carpet of the the media run during Capital's Summertime Ball. The world's biggest stars perform live for 80,000 Capital listeners at Wembley Stadium at the UK's biggest summer party. (Photo by David Parry/PA Images via Getty Images)
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“So, you are coming out as sapiosexual,” host Ben Shepard said. “Out and proud on Good Morning Britain,” Harraway added.
In the earlier segment, the hosts discussed French equality minister Marlene Schiappa, who also came out as sapiosexual. Author Nichi Hodgson defined what the lesser-known sexuality term means.
“The definition means intelligence first then attraction,” she explained. “I date men and women and identify as bisexual, and I realized the thing that linked all people that I have dated has been their brains.”
Hodgson added: “We know a certain percentage of the population is sapiosexual. It’s always existed, we just didn’t have a word for it.”
Sapiosexual is a derivative of the Latin word sapio, which means “to be wise” or “to have sense.”