Australian actor Hugh Sheridan has opened up about his sexuality after years of keeping his personal life extremely private.
In a raw and honest essay for Stellar Magazine, Hugh explained how he has been in relationships with both men and women in the past but doesn’t like to be labeled.
The 35-year-old Packed To The Rafters star said he was encouraged to keep his sexuality private as if he “was anything but straight” he’d never get work.
Now, he said the coronavirus lockdown has given him time to reflect and he wants to ‘stick up for people who don’t pick a label’ with the actor hoping to help people who are still figuring themselves out by sharing his story.
Hugh said when he first found fame as Ben Rafter on the TV show Packed To The Rafters, he was in a relationship with a man, after previously being in love with both women and men in former relationships.
He was 22-years-old and after being told in the past that his sexuality could affect his chances at getting roles, he decided to keep his personal life private.
Since then, he has ‘protested with silence’ for the LGBTQIA+ community, but now he’s speaking out as he feels a “responsibility to others who may come after me”.
Hugh has been romantically linked to a string of fellow celebrities in the past, as he kept quiet on his relationships.
Most recently, a friend was forced to deny rumours that he was dating Aussie singer Delta Goodrem.
“It is pretty ridiculous... There is nothing romantic between them. They are purely friends,” they told the Daily Telegraph.
His friendship with Australian actress Rebel Wilson has also come under close scrutiny, when they were pictured in a cosy snap in front of the Sydney Opera House in June.