Colton Haynes, the 27-year-old actor known for his roles on Teen Wolf and Arrow, has confirmed he is, in fact, gay. This announcement comes after he hinted at it several months ago in a Tumblr post.
In a recent interview, Haynes told Entertainment Weekly: “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.”
In January, after someone claimed in their Tumblr post that Haynes had a secret gay past, he responded to the claim: “Was it a secret? Let’s all just enjoy life & have no regrets :)” This prompted much speculation and unfortunately for Haynes, it also created much anxiety for him.
Haynes said he had to check himself into rehab. He explained that he “…asked to step away because I cared more about my mental and physical health than my career at the time…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.”
Fortunately, things have since improved for Haynes: “It took me so long to get to this point, but I’m doing so good…. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been, and that’s what I care about.”