“I Knew I Was Different From Some Of The Other Boys”
Former Desperate Housewives and Teen Wolf star Charlie Carver has opened up about his sexuality and “come out” as gay.
The actor, 27, has played gay characters onscreen, but in a series of lengthy and candid Instagram posts on Monday, January 11, 2016, he spoke publicly about his own sexuality for the first time.
Charlie posted a photo on Instagram of a quote which reads: “Be who you needed when you were younger,” a phrase which stuck out to him in more ways than one.
Read on to learn the details of this sexy young star’s coming out, how he covered it for years, and how he plans to be an inspiration for a new generation of young gay men.
First Of All: The Gayness Isn’t A New Discovery
“As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be an actor. I knew I wanted to be a lot of things!,” he wrote. “It was around that age that I also knew, however abstractly, that I was different from some of the other boys in my grade. Over time, this abstract ‘knowing’ grew… ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: ‘I am gay.'”
His Family Has Always Been Supportive
He continued, “I was 12. It would take me a few years before I could repeat them to anyone else, in the meantime turning the phrase over and over in my mouth until I felt comfortable and sure enough to let the words pour out again, this time to my family… For me, and my family, it was a precious conversation, one where I felt that I’d begun to claim myself, my life, and what felt like the beginning of a very-adult-notion of my own authenticity.”