Aussie acting hunk, Hugh Sheridan, who starred in Packed To The Rafters, has opened up about his sexuality in a personal essay for Stellar Magazine, Channel 7 reports.
In the essay, Sheridan reveals he had a relationship with a man after he moved to Sydney to attend NIDA.
“After moving to Sydney to attend NIDA, I finally met a guy who I connected with emotionally, mentally and physically,” he writes.
“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 was anything but straight I’d never find work, and that I needed to hide my new-found love.
“To add to the confusion, the two mentors who told me this were openly gay themselves; they were earnestly trying to protect me and did indeed have my best interests at heart. That was just the reality.”
Sheridan said he fell in love with a woman after his relationship with the man ended, but was too “embarrassed” to reveal his past.
Now, he says he’s speaking out to give those who are living in private a “break”.
“We might live and let them live as they wish.”
Sheridan has also refused to define his sexuality, instead saying, “I believe labels are for clothes, not for people.”
The 35-year-old actor said he tested positive for COVID-19 in September after returning to Australia for the United States. While recovering he said he’s taken a break from social media.
“If I’m not on social media as much it’s not necessarily because I’m down, it’s because it can make me feel a lil’ worse for the moment,” he said.
“So I’m tuning out and taking time to focus on editing my script The Dance, appropriately it deals with how to get through!” Sheridan said.
“This too shall pass. I AM OK!” Sheridan said.