Hugh Sheridan has had enough of the speculation about his sexuality.
The actor, who played Ben Rafter on the popular series from the age of 22, spoke of his difficulties in controlling the media over his personal life and said he was encouraged to keep his sexuality under wraps.
He says he now feels “responsible” to speak up to help others who are still “figuring out themselves”.
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In a long essay about his experience, the Adelaide-born star said while he was in school and in his teens that colleagues assumed he was gay – a label he felt “misplaced” because he was never attracted to it at the time had been sex.
“After moving to Sydney to attend NIDA, I finally met a man I was emotionally, mentally and physically connected with,” Sheridan, who was previously in love with women, explained in the play.
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“I was over the moon – I could finally be what people always wanted me to be, so I told everyone. In return, I was told that if I were anything but straight I would never find work and that I would have to hide my newfound love. To add to the confusion, the two mentors who told me this were openly gay themselves; They tried hard to protect me and actually had my best interests in their hearts. That was just the reality. ”
Elsewhere in the essay, while in a relationship with a man, the 35-year-old said when he started to work Packed to the raftersHe chose privacy to make his relationship feel “more sacred”. He later said that when the relationship ended and he fell in love with a woman again, he felt “too embarrassed” to tell anyone that so many knew he was with a man.
He added that he had “protested in silence” for years trying to achieve LGBTQIA + equality, but now decided to speak out to send an important message.
“I realized that when I kept up a silent protest, people always thought I had something to hide or deny others that phrase when I never addressed these issues,” he wrote.
“In many ways, I wish I didn’t have to write this, but I feel responsible to others who may come after me. By sharing my story now and becoming more transparent, I may be able to help give others who are private a break. We could live and let them live as they want.
He concluded, “I believe labels are for clothes, not people.”
Speak with Stellar In response to the personal essay, the actor, who tested positive for coronavirus in September, said Lockdown had “given him time to ponder his discomfort about how he’s been flagged in public”
“I noticed that nobody advocates for people who don’t choose a label,” he said of his decision to open up after so many years.
When asked what he came out as, he replied: “As a person.”
He explained: “People will read this and say, “He’s not coming out. He’s bisexual. He is asexual. Or not binary. Or strange. Or liquid ‚… Maybe this is also my way of letting people know that I’m still single and that everyone is on the smorgasbord, ”he added with a laugh.
Sheridan, who will appear in Back to the rafters, a reboot of the popular TV drama streamed on Amazon Prime Video next year, He also showed that he had been struggling with depression since he was 16 and that he felt “misunderstood” by the people around him.
Read the full interview with Hugh Sheridan in the current issue of Stellar, available on the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun and on sale on Sunday October 18th.
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