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Arrow Star Colton Haynes has confirmed he is gay in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. This isn’t the first time that Haynes may have come out. A few months ago there was an obscure Tumblr post where we kinda thought he confirmed his sexuality but it was never official.
Colton tells EW, “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.”
But at the time Haynes wasn’t ready to talk about his sexuality since he was dealing with his severe anxiety. “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 actor also talked about his severe anxiety issue that caused him to help away from the spotlight. “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.”
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