It’s official! Colton Haynes got the rumor mills going in Jan. when he made a comment on Tumblr leading fans to believe he’s gay. In a new interview on May 5, he finally confirmed the reports and opened up about his battle with anxiety that sent him to rehab. Here’s his emotional reveal.
Colton Haynes fans, you can stop guessing now! The 27-year-old finally revealed once and for all that he’s gay in an interview on May 5. The sexy Arrow and Teen Wolf star confused everyone with a sly Tumblr comment in Jan., but he’s not being coy anymore; he’s out and proud. Here’s the scoop on his sexuality and dangerous bout with anxiety.
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Back in Jan., a fan posted something about Colton’s “secret gay past”, to which he responded “Was it a secret? Let’s all just enjoy life & have no regrets :)” After that, fans and the media went wild, and he wasn’t ready to deal with it. “It was a complete shock,” he told EW on May 4. “I wasn’t ready to be back in the headlines.” Colton admitted he was gay, but too scared to talk publicly about it.
“I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready,” he explained. “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.”
“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,” he explained. “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.”
Perhaps that pressure is what landed Colton in the hospital for anxiety. He went to rehab after asking to leave his two hit shows, Arrow and Teen Wolf. He also explained that shocking decision in the interview. “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.” Poor baby!
According to the interview, Colton has never hidden his sexuality from those close to him. Everyone from his friends to his high school classmates to family and fellow actors knew, but he felt he had to hide in public due to some bad, but common advice. We’re so glad he can finally be himself!
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