Colton Haynes is finally sharing his story!
The Arrow star has officially come out as gay. Back in January, the actor made headlines after a Tumblr exchange with a fan appeared to indicate that the hunk was revealing his sexuality.
For those who might not remember, user pornandmariah wrote:
“when I found out colton haynes had a secret gay past i got so excited even though i know it makes absolutely no difference in my life”
The Teen Wolf alum then reblogged the post, commenting:
“Was it a secret? Let’s all just enjoy life & have no regrets :)”
Most people assumed that this was the star’s way of confirming that he’s gay, but he told Entertainment Weekly that wasn’t the way he wanted to come out, saying:
“It was a complete shock. I wasn’t ready to be back in the headlines. I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet. But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said.”
The brunette babe admitted that, while he had been out to friends, family, and even Hollywood execs like Arrow boss Greg Berlanti, for quite some time now, he had been told — like most actors struggling with their sexuality — to hide it.
The gorgeous guy confessed that the constant lying was physically and emotionally draining, adding:
“People want you to be that GQ image that you put out, but people don’t realize what it’s like to act 24 hours a day. I’d go home and I was still acting. People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don’t realize that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world.”
After the digital drama earlier this year, the 27-year-old checked himself into rehab for anxiety, and was in and out of the hospital for a few months.
The Kansas native explained that the disorder is something he’s suffered from throughout his life, and it’s why he decided to the leave The CW‘s hit superhero drama:
“I asked to step away because I cared more about my mental and physical health than my career at the time. I’ve had terminal anxiety my entire life. Physically ill, fainting. I’m 27 years old, and I have an ulcer. I had to step back.”
Now that he’s finally free to tell his truth, he’s feeling much better, telling the popular publication:
“It took me so long to get to this point, but I’m doing so good. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been, and that’s what I care about.”
After the EW article ran, the beautiful man took to Twitter to post this moving message:
We are SO proud of you, Colton! Thank you for sharing your story with us!
[Image via Entertainment Weekly.]