Colton Haynes Comes Out As Gay

Colton Haynes has taken control of the narrative surrounding his much speculated about sexuality in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which he reveals that he's gay.

Haynes also opens up about the anxiety that's caused him to take a step back from his acting career and enter rehab.

Here's an excerpt from Entertainment Weekly:

But while social media has helped his career, it’s also gotten him into some trouble. Case in point: A Tumblr post in January sparked an Internet firestorm after a fan commented on Haynes’ “secret gay past,”regarding racy modeling photos Haynes took while underage. Without giving it much thought, Haynes offered a coy reply: “Was it a secret?” The comment was picked up by bloggers as his coming out – but it wasn’t. Not yet.

“It was a complete shock. I wasn’t ready to be back in the headlines,” says Haynes, who is in fact gay but has never publicly addressed his sexuality (and, like many others on his path, took advice early in his career to subdue it). “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 headlines about Haynes turned vitriolic in the absence of an announcement, but he was in no place to make one: He had checked into rehab for anxiety and would be frequently back in the hospital over the next three months.

“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 says gently. “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.” The truth is, Haynes has been out for most of his life – in high school, to his family and friends, to his cast members, to his Hollywood bosses (like Arrow creator Greg Berlanti, now one of his closest mentors). But as a green transplant in Hollywood in 2006, he wasn’t any more immune to the town’s well-chronicled discomfort with LGBT identity.

Head over to EW for more from Colton!

“It took me so long to get to this point, but I’m doing so good,” says Haynes. “I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been, and that’s what I care about.”

Congrats on speaking out publicly, Colton and we wish you all the best!

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Congrats & everything, but who is this guy? I know he's the other one that Instinct writes about CONSTANTLY, like Steve Grand.

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Way to go Colton. 

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What you do privately shouldn't have to be public knowledge, but on saying that congratulations for coming out to the public. 

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 Big Hug on the courage to being true to yourself. This process is never as easy as it should be considering the career you are in. Dale

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At the end of the day he  is only human and acting is just hs occupation.So le not mak him  goddest a expect   him to live up to that expectations.We are al human and we always want to be respected and understood yet have space to our  private life.So im proud of him and im his fans and i ws him l the best!!!!!!!!!!

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I LOVE WATCHING COLTON ON ''ARROW'' HE'S SUCH A GORGEOUS YOUNG MAN I'D REALLY LOVE 2 B HIS BOYFRIEND EVENTUALLY. HE CAN ALWAYS HIT ME UP on Facebook at Ryan Jones College Grove,TN. I'm wearing a blue v-neck t-shirt n 2 necklaces 

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I commend him for not only his courage to come out but also his bravery to admit his struggle with anxiety. The stigma of mental illness remains high in our society and his public struggles and openness about his condition help millions feeling alone and hopeless. Thank you Colton!

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Good in luck in future colton. I salute you for the courage you have shown in coming out. I am a big fan of yours since i started watching Arrow and Teen wolf. From a far distance i cant do much but all i can say is that i am happy for you and wish you all the happiness in the world. Take care 

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i knew it ur bottom hoe ... love to riim ur butthole ur yummie yummie....

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girl.

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I'm so glad that he came out to Hollywood when he was ready and on his own terms and not letting people bully him into coming out.  When people was speculating if he was gay or wasn't gay was nobody's business but his.  I fell in love with Colton when he was on TeenWolf playing tough sexy jock and was sadden when he left the show.  So proud that he is now comfortable enough to be who he truly is and getting the help he needs for his anxiety.

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Good for him.

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Ya I felt like that when I was in the army , like I was Cia living 2 different lives sucks but once you let go and be the real you it's a whole new world good for him!

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Yeah this was pretty much well known years ago 

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