As of November 2015, Johnny Mathis has never been married. Mathis inadvertently identified himself as homosexual in a 1982 interview for Us Magazine, in which he cryptically stated he'd grown accustomed to the homosexual lifestyle.
Mathis' comments in his Us Magazine interview were controversial, and Mathis refused to clarify his statements, which left many fans unsure of his sexual orientation. Mathis officially acknowledged his homosexuality in a 2006 podcast interview, stating that his reluctance to clarify his statements stemmed from death threats he received in response to the article. Mathis also admitted that his reluctance to acknowledge his sexual orientation was partially due to the social norms of his generation.