R&B singer, dancer and actor Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, has denied a satirical website's story that he was inspired by Caitlyn Jenner's journey to come out gay.

Bruce Jenner came out in April as a transgender woman. Caitlyn Jenner's debut last week on the cover of Vanity Fair made her America's most recognizable transgender woman.

“Bruce Jenner really gave me the inner strength to admit to my kids, my family, my friends, my fans and ultimately to myself that I am gay,” NewsBuzzDaily.com quoted Ne-Yo as saying. “I've known I was gay since I was a young boy that I was attracted to the other boys. … Bruce is very brave and beautiful. As soon as he came out as transgendered, she freed herself and that's the freedom I want.”

NewsBuzzDaily.com states on its website that stories are “for entertainment and satirical purposes only.”

In a tweet to fans, Ne-Yo, 35, denied the fake story.

“U should all know by now not to believe everything you read,” he messaged. “Much luv to #CaitlynJenner but I'm not on that team. Not gay folks. So sorry.”

“No disrespect to the gay community or to #CaitlynJenner by the way. Live your life and be proud. I'm just not gay. We're still on this? #sad,” he added in a separate tweet.