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Disney Star Joshua Bassett Proclaims Faith in Jesus at the Kids’ Choice Awards

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Joshua Bassett, star of Disney’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” is continuing to publicly proclaim his faith in Jesus. Bassett won Favorite Male TV star of a kids show at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, and in his acceptance speech, he encouraged fans that God is real and that he loves them.

“I’d like to thank my lovely supporters,” said Bassett at the awards, which took place on March 4. “I’d love to thank the cast and crew of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,’ and I’d love to thank my savior, Jesus Christ.”

The Disney star continued, “I want to say something. There are a lot of people here who are burdened, broken-hearted, and have been beated down by life. And I’m here to tell you, for those of you who have lost hope, there’s a very real God who loves you more than you will ever possibly know. Ok? His promise is peace and my testimony is my healing. Remember, forgive quickly, love freely and walk courageously. Love always wins in the end.”

Joshua Bassett Continues To Proclaim His Faith

Joshua Bassett stars as “Ricky” in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” on Disney+. He released his first single, “Common Sense,” in 2020 and his fourth EP, “Different,” in October 2022. 

Bassett was sexually abused as a child and a teen and has struggled with anxiety and depression. He has shared that he wants to help people who have also dealt with those challenges. In 2021, he revealed that he identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Since the beginning of this year, Bassett has been sharing his newfound faith in Jesus with his followers on his social media. “Jesus Christ is the only way,” he said in a tweet posted Jan. 5. “His death and resurrection are historically documented. Turn away [from] hate, seek forgiveness and come home to Him.” The Disney star also described in his Instagram stories several experiences he had where God spoke to him in a direct, personal way. 

On Sunday, Feb. 12, Bassett was baptized at Bethel Church in Redding, California. “I grew up Christian,” he said from the stage, “and I ran the other way as far as I could go in pursuit of ‘truth’ and that only ended in addiction, depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, etc. And no other teacher gave me anywhere near the peace that Jesus Christ did. And I’m here to publicly declare him as my Lord and savior.”

When some of Bassett’s fans responded with concern about his association with Bethel, the Disney star followed up by stating, “I visited this church and happened to get baptized here- I was unaware of some of their policies and beliefs, and do not endorse all of them. my heart is for Christ and Christ alone!”