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Colton Haynes was told by managers: ‘I could not be gay because I wouldn’t work’

Colton Haynes is opening up about the pressure he faced to stay closeted as he rose to fame.

‘I was literally told from the day that I moved to Los Angeles that I could not be gay because I wouldn’t work,’ Haynes said this week on the Sirius XM show Andy Cohen Live.

‘Then I was with my management team and a team of people that just literally told me I couldn’t be this way. They tried to set me up with girls.

‘I was rumored to date Lauren Conrad (The Hills) for six months because they were kind of angling a story. And then I dated every other young person which of course I didn’t date.’

Haynes, who rose to fame on the MTV drama Teen Wolf, did not try and deceive any of the women he went out on ‘dates’ with.

‘They knew the whole time,’ he said.

‘It was like a Tab Hunter situation. It was really horrible.’

Hunter was a 1950s movie idol who was forced to attend movie premieres and other events with women to give the public the impression that he was straight.

He was not and eventually Hunter came out publicly in 2005 in an autobiography.

Haynes said his being forced to live a false life in public led to anxiety and panic attacks so severe that he had to quit The CW show The Arrow.

‘I was so tired of not being myself, of having lowering my voice for certain things, of having to not dress the way I wanted to dress.’

After coming out, Haynes says it felt ‘like I lost 150 pounds.’

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8 Remarks

  1. Lordy Colton makes me drool.

  2. June 13th, 2017 at 3:26 pm
    Ed Meiller says:

    To paraphrase Jan Brady …Colton, Colton, Colton. Enough already. I know this is “Greg In Hollywood” but there are others out there.

  3. June 14th, 2017 at 10:40 am
    K. Martinez says:

    That chest shot of Colton is hot. I love those nipples.

  4. Something about Colton makes me want to pull for him. I would love to see him happy and successful!

  5. @ Ed-For what seems like the millionth time, if you don’t like Colton stop commenting on Colton. I for one-and I don’t think I’m alone here-LOVE hearing from Colton. And we love his body and his smile and we’re pulling for him to be happy. Move on already.

  6. I like that he didn’t just come out of the closet and leave it at that. He came out and has been speaking out about discrimination and LGBTQ+ rights ever since. I’ve been a fan of his ever since he was in “The Gates”, and the way he has handled coming out and being out really makes me respect him and like him even more.

  7. @ Brendan-Agreed!

  8. June 15th, 2017 at 6:15 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    FAEN & Brendan-I agree. Colton has great energy and is an asset to the LGBT community. He’s also got an important story to tell on how it is in Hollywood as a gay man, both closeted and completely out.

    You are not alone FAEN, I LOVE hearing from Colton too as I’m sure many others do too.

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