Packed to the Rafters star Hugh Sheridan pens candid essay on sexuality
Packed to the Rafters star Hugh Sheridan has penned a deeply personal open letter detailing his sexuality.
The 35-year-old from Adelaide said he’s long felt scrutiny over his sexuality - but now has a “responsibility” to speak out and help those who are still “figuring themselves out”.
In a first-person piece for Stellar Magazine, Sheridan reveals he’s been with both men and women, but prefers not to be labelled.
“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.”
He said after his relationship with a man ended, he fell in love with a woman 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.
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“I believe labels are for clothes, not for people.”
Sheridan tested positive for COVID-19 back in September after returning to Australia from the US.
He said at the time that taking a break from social media would help him with his mental health while also battling the virus.
“If I’m not on social media as much it’s not necessarily cause I’m down, it’s cause 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!
“This too shall pass. I AM OK!”