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‘Jesus Christ Is the Only Way’—Disney Star Joshua Bassett Shares His Encounters With God

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Joshua Bassett sings "Common Sense." Screenshot from Instagram / @joshuatbassett

Joshua Bassett, one of the stars of Disney’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” has put his trust in Jesus, according to one of his recent tweets and comments he made in his Instagram stories.

“Jesus Christ is the only way,” said Bassett in a tweet posted Jan. 5. “His death and resurrection are historically documented. Turn away [from] hate, seek forgiveness and come home to Him.”

Moreover, several media outlets report that this past Sunday Bassett shared on his Instagram stories that God has revealed himself to him by answering specific prayers. 

“Tonight at church I prayed to God, ‘so I will know for certain that you are Jesus, and He is the only way, please send someone to touch my back and I will shout it from the rooftops,” said Bassett. “Moments later, two people came up behind me, saying that God put it on their heart to put their hands on me and pray. His love is great, and my faith is certain. Praise be to God forever and ever in Jesus name.”

Joshua Bassett’s Rise to Fame 

Joshua Bassett was born Dec. 22, 2000, in Oceanside, California, to Taylor and Laura Bassett. He began acting in musical theater as a child and began his professional career at age 16. Two years later, he was cast as “Ricky” in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” on Disney+. The series is inspired by the original “High School Musical” movies and is set at the same high school. 

Bassett has appeared in soundtracks for the series, and he released his first single, “Common Sense,” in 2020. His first EP, which was self-titled and released in 2021, featured the single, “Lie Lie Lie.” That song went viral due to rumors it was connected to his alleged relationship with fellow “High School Musical” cast member Olivia Rodrigo. Bassett released his fourth EP, “Different,” in October 2022. 

Bassett has shared publicly that he was sexually abused as a child and a teen and that he has struggled with anxiety and depression. This struggle became more severe following a major health crisis when he was hospitalized with septic shock. He told People magazine that after leaving the hospital, “I was even more depressed and stressed. I had a panic attack every single day.”

The singer said that his experiences make him want to help other people who have gone through similar ones. “It really bothers me that people said, ‘Why didn’t you do anything about [the sexual abuse]?’ When you go into freeze mode, you literally shut down. If I, a person with a platform, got treated like that, what would happen to a person in a small town? I won’t shut up about this until we’re far past that.”

In 2021, Bassett came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community when, after describing what he admires about pop singer Harry Styles, he said, “I guess this is also my coming out video.” Later, Bassett posted on Instagram, “My entire life people have told me my sexuality. people have shamed me for things they know nothing about. I want to say thank you to those of you who stand for love and acceptance…love who you love shamelessly. it’s ok to still be figuring out who you are.” In a June 2021 interview with GQ, Bassett clarified that when he made his comments about Styles and his own sexuality, “I wasn’t joking.”

Joshua Bassett’s Encounters With God 

In his Instagram stories, Bassett shared that God gave him a second sign in addition to the one when people touched his back after he prayed. “A ​​few months ago I asked God to ‘send me a sign when I write the truth,’” said the singer. “I typed ‘Jesus is the way,’ nothing happened, then I added, ‘Jesus is the *only* way’ and the light turned on in my living room.”