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Disney star proclaims faith in Jesus, opts for baptism

Joshua Bassett, known for his role as “Ricky” in the celebrated Disney series, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” recently got baptized at California’s Bethel Church. At the church, the Disney star declared his faith in Jesus through a video clip which he posted on social media. Last month, Basset also tweeted that “Jesus Christ is the only way” and shared stories of his encounter with God on Instagram. Earlier, Basset talked publicly about his battle with depression and anxiety and also shared that he faced sexual abuse as a child. He declared himself to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community in 2021.

Church Leader reports:

Joshua Bassett, one of the stars of Disney’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” got baptized at Bethel Church in Redding, California, on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 12. Bassett posted a clip of his declaration of faith in Jesus at the church on his TikTok, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“My name is Joshua,” said Basset after taking the stage to explain why he wanted to get baptized, “and long story short, I grew up Christian, 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.”

Joshua Bassett stars as “Ricky” in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” on Disney+. He released his first single, “Common Sense,” in 2020. His single, “Lie Lie Lie,” featured on his first EP (released 2021), 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. In 2021, he came out as a member of the LBGTQ+ community.

On Jan. 5, Bassett posted a tweet saying, “Jesus Christ is the only way. His death and resurrection are historically documented. turn away [from] hate, seek forgiveness and come home to Him.” At the end of January, the singer posted in his Instagram stories, describing some encounters with God that he had had.

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