RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - He became a viral sensation, coining the phrase, "I don't like mens no more!" Andrew Caldwell lives in Missouri, but he reached out to NBC12 to clear the air about the video, his "gay conversion" experience and the backlash he has felt.
"I'm not gay no more!" exclaimed Andrew Caldwell at the Church of God in Christ conference in St. Louis. "I'm delivered! I don't like mens no more!"
The video went viral. Songs were made. Cartoons were created. It was all at the expense of Andrew Caldwell.
"Was this some type of comedy routine or were you serious?" we asked Caldwell.
"I was serious," replied Caldwell. "I did not want to go viral. I did not expect that to go viral. I did not want to get up there and just say anything and look crazy in front of thousands of people."
Caldwell contacted me on my Facebook page after finding our original story online.
"And you all spoke about my video," noted Caldwell. "I said let me reach out to him. Let him get the truth. Let him know what's really going on in the world. I went up there because I needed prayer that day. I needed so much prayer."
Caldwell says he felt pressured by the previous speaker. Caldwell says the speaker called gays in the church "sissies" and suggested they should "bleed from their butts."
The Church of God in Christ issued a formal apology.
"As presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ," said Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. "I apologize for what seemed to be a harsh, uncompassionate, disrespectful spirit on the part of that speaker. I also apologize to Andrew Caldwell. We love all people regardless of their faith or their moral standing."
Caldwell was not impressed with the apology.
"They think that they can preach the homosexuals away in the Church of God in Christ," said Caldwell. "And you can't."
"So this notion of you saying you were delivered there on the spot...that is not the case?" we asked Caldwell.
"No," said Caldwell. "That's not the case...I still have desires."
"Do you have any regrets about what happened?" we asked Caldwell.
"I do hold regrets," said Caldwell. "Because my life has been in danger."
In just the past week, Caldwell claims he was attacked and called homosexual slurs.
"That video caused a lot to me...mentally and physically," said Caldwell. "I feel that, if I was delivered, God should deliver me more. But I know it takes a process. But I think it is going a little bit slow. I want God to work on my mannerisms. I want God to stop the switching...talking like a woman."
Despite all the laughing and name calling, Caldwell says he sincerely wants to be delivered. He says he can't help feeling let down by this whole experience.
"Continue to pray for me," said Caldwell. "Because I am going through a lot each and every day."