National Coming Out Day: Celebrities Who Came out in 2016

Colton Haynes

Haynes, 28, best known for his role in the MTV series, Teen Wolf, came out as gay in a subtle way in January. Haynes shared a Tumblr exchange with a fan that seemed to indicate he was interested in men. When a user wrote, "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", Haynes re-blogged with the comment, "Was it a secret? Let's all just enjoy life & have no regrets :)". A few months later, he told Entertainment Weekly that that Tumblr wasn't exactly how he'd planned to come out. "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." Colton went on to explain that he'd been told to hide his sexuality early in his career, which was physically and emotionally draining. Perez Hilton reports Haynes as saying, "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." (Getty)

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