Misunderstanding? Mark Ronsonhas apologized for saying he is sapiosexual, a person who is sexually attracted to intelligence, after saying he identified as the sexual orientation in an interview with Good Morning Britain on September 19.
“I do not consider myself part of any marginalized community and I apologize if anybody misunderstood or took offense to it,” the music producer, 44, clarified in an interview with Rolling Stone on Wednesday, September 25.
The entertainer explained that while backstage waiting for his interview, he was told the show was doing a segment on sapiosexuality. When he was asked for his opinion on it, Ronson confessed that he wasn’t familiar with the term.
He told Rolling Stone at the “In Conversation” with Mark Ronson event at Ralph Lauren in NYC the word was defined to him as, “when you’re attracted to intelligence.” The “Uptown Funk” producer responded, “That sounds great. Of course, who wouldn’t be?”
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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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Ronson said the show’s hosts took his comments further than he expected.
“And they were like basically like, ‘OK, Mark Ronson identifies himself as sapiosexual, that’s great,’” he added. “And then they proceeded to ask me about Miley Cyrus’ dating life and something else I probably wasn’t that informed to talk about, either, and then that was it.”
At first, the Grammy winner wasn’t concerned about his comments because he thought people would understand his meaning in the context of the interview.
“But that’s not what happens on Twitter anymore,” he said. “It sounds like I went on a TV show to be like, ‘Guys, I have some big news!’ And the fact that I would go on and sort of declare myself — like as a heterosexual white male — part of any marginalized community was terrifying to me, or just embarrassing.”
During his Good Morning Britain appearance, host Kate Harraway asked Ronson, “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?”