Sean Hayes: I 'Owed The Gay Community A Huge Apology' For Staying In The Closet
It's no secret that Sean Hayes, formerly of Will & Grace and now starring in and producing NBC's Sean Saves The World, was notoriously cagey about his sexuality back in the day.
Sure, it was understood that Hayes was gay, but he refused to acknowledge it until coming out in 2010. But was he obligated to?
He now believes he owed the gay community an apology for staying in the closet during Will & Grace's heyday.
He tells the Los Angeles Times in an interview:
I was so young. It made me go back in the closet [with the media] because I was so overwhelmed at 26 or 27. I didn't want the responsibility, I didn't know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late. Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms. They don't stop to think about what's going on in somebody's personal life, and the struggles that they're having. It was all very scary. We got death threats. It was a really rough time for me, but I was also having the time of my life.
What do you think, Instincters? Can you understand Hayes's motivation for staying publicly closeted?
Check out the rest of Hayes's interview here!