It’s not easy being a celebrity. While you could make a ton of arguments to the contrary — the lavish trips, the red carpets, the money — you could also make just as many arguments to support that statement. Constantly being put under a microscope is one such con. Colton Haynes knows that all too well.
In January 2016, the 27-year-old alum of Teen Wolf & Arrow made headlines everywhere for one small comment on Tumblr. After a fan called pornandmariah said, “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,” he responded with a short, “Was it a secret? Let’s all just enjoy life & have no regrets :)”
While it might not seem complex, it created a heck of a conversation across the web, which Colton says he wasn’t prepared for. “It was a complete shock,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
He continued, “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.”
But now, he’s finally coming clean — that particular comment was not his coming-out… but his interview with EW is (in more ways than one).
Not only does the report state that the heartthrob is “in fact gay,” but the TV actor also came out about another difficult part of his life; a disorder he’s been living with as long as he can remember. “I asked to step away [from Teen Wolf & Arrow] because I cared more about my mental and physical health than my career at the time,” he explained. “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.”
In an even bigger shock the publication states that Colton checked into rehab for his anxiety around the time of the Tumblr debacle, and, according to EW, “would be frequently back in the hospital over the next three months.”
Fortunately, Colton’s made great strides. “It took me so long to get to this point,” he said. “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.”
Colton is one of at least 10 male celebrities who came out in the past year. See here:
Colton (sort of) addressed speculations concerning his sexuality when he responded to a Tumblr follower's remarks after her discovering Colton's "secret" gay past.
Colton's quick and cryptic response, "Was it a secret?" has lead fans to believe that perhaps he does not identify as entirely straight, if at all.
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Last month, the Teen Wolf star came out to his Instagram followers in an empowering series of heartfelt essays.
"As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be an actor... I also knew, however abstractly, that I was different," Charlie wrote, before revealing to fans that he identifies as a gay man.
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Nick has never been very black and white about his "open and comfortable" sexuality, though he also never seems to clarify either.
Much like when he was asked if he ever experimented with another man in an interview with Daily Star Online in November 2015. In which Nick responded, "I can't say if I have or haven't..."
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Last Wednesday (Feb. 4), the Union J singer took to YouTube to address questions about his sexuality.
In the vid, George admitted to being in relationships with both men and women, though he doesn't label himself as gay, straight or bisexual.
In July 2015, Shane came out as bisexual to his millions of fans in a tear-jerking YouTube confessional.
In his admission, Shane also admits that he's known about his sexuality ever since he was 5. But the bravery and confidence of other YouTubers' coming out stories is what inspired his own reveal.
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Aaron & Austin Rhodes
Known on YouTube as The Rhodes Bros, the twins became Internet sensations after posting their coming-out story on the video-streaming platform.
During their confessional, the twins filmed themselves coming out as gay to their father over the phone in January 2015.
The YouTube star gradually came out to friends and family before making his confession public with the release of his music video called "Don't Wait" in May 2015, in which Joey kisses another man.
The following month, he released another video titled "Yes I'm Gay," where he spoke more in-depth about his decision to come out.
When asked by a Twitter follower in October 2015 on whether he preferred "girls or boys," America's Next Top Model's last crowned winner simply responded, sexually "fluid," which essentially means a person's sexual attraction tends to shift depending on a number of factors.
The 24-year-old Olympic freeskier came out as gay to ESPN magazine in October 2015.
The Olympic medalist shared a link to his cover story with the mag with a statement simply saying, "I am gay."
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The Empire star confirmed he's gay during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015.
"There's never been a closet that I've been in," said Jussie. "It was a bigger deal to everyone than it was for me."
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