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Colton Haynes reveals heartbreaking secret: His gayness was blamed for his father’s suicide

Colton Haynes is speaking publicly for the first time about his father committing suicide and it is a heartbreaker.

‘I’m the last person in the world who would say, “Oh, my dad – pity me.” But I was told that my dad killed himself because he found out I was gay,’ the actor tells Out Magazine in an interview posted today.

‘So, of course, I lost it and was like, “How could you say something like that?” And no one will ever really know the truth. But my brother and my mom went to pick up my dad’s stuff, and the only picture on his fridge was my eighth-grade graduation picture. So I was just like, Fuck.’

His father, William, had committed suicide by swallowing roughly 40 oxycodone pills during a time when a then-teenage Haynes had run away from home for three weeks.

Haynes, now 28, had hit a rough patch after coming out to family and classmates at age 14 which led to an estrangement from his mother.

The former Arrow and Teen Wolf star says he’s been dealing with anxiety issues since the fifth grade and his condition was exacerbated by feeling he had to stay closeted to have a successful career as an actor.

‘I feel really bad that I had to lie for so long,’ says Haynes, who came out publicly in April.

‘But I was told that was the only way I was going to be successful. When you’re young in this industry, people take advantage of you, and they literally tell you that your dreams are going to come true. If you believe that, you’ll do anything. And you do believe it, especially if you’re from Kansas.’

Because of his anxiety issues, Haynes quit both Arrow and Teen Wolf. But he returns to series television this fall for season two of Scream Queens.

My September issue of @outmagazine :) x @blairgetzmezibov . Hair by @angeloevans , styling by @grantwoolhead / story by @rkurtosenlund . Never thought this day would happen and am currently in tears (y'all know I get emotional haha). So happy

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Wednesday Morning Man: Mark Cavendish!

HHave never been much of a viewer of the cycling events at the Olympics.

But I may start just to catch a glimpse of this handsome guy who looks so good with and without glasses.

He’s British cyclist Mark Cavendish (dish is right!) who is competing in his third Olympics and hoping to win a medal for the first time.

The 30 year old has won 30 Tour de France stages during his career but never an Olympic medal.

He dropped out of this year’s Tour early so he could compete in Rio.

His event is the six-discipline omnium.

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Preview of Barbra Streisand with Alec Baldwin singing ‘The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened’

Barbra Streisand has such an eclectic group of duet partners for her upcoming album Encores such as Jamie Foxx and Hugh Jackman. Here is a feature about her duet with Alec Baldwin with whom she sings The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened.

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Celeb Instagram: Rannells and Goreski hang out! Johnny Weir’s Olympic crush! Matt Wilkas! Alan Cumming!

There's a 50/50 chance we will understand this. @andrewrannells @publictheaterny #shakespeareinthepark #culture

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Olympic Man Crush @picomonaco #olympics

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This #makeamericagayagain cap by @humanrightscampaign is available in red, white and blue and each sale contributes to HRC's ongoing effort to make sure we never have to experience a Trump presidency. Link in bio.

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The perfect thing to do on a rainy Edinburgh afternoon: a knitting lesson with @lance_horne and @elliecello

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Sexy ‘Dancing With the Stars’ champ Nyle DiMarco to give American Sign Language lessons to fans

Nyle DiMarco, the first LGBT winner in the 22-season history of Dancing With the Stars, has had to remind fans that he is deaf and can’t hear them when they talk to him.

‘Try learning a little ASL (American Sign Language) if you want to make my day,’ he tweeted back in June.

The one time America’s Next Top Model champ posted a second tweet with a link to The ASL App but now he’s taken things a step further.

A few hours ago he posted a video in which the sexually fluid star gives an ASL lesson himself – and he’s shirtless throughout.

‘First of all, I dunno where I put my shirt!’ he says in the video. ‘Bear with me.’

DiMarco says he will be giving the one lessons every Wednesday and asks fans to tweet or post in his Instagram comments what words or phrases they want to learn.

His only rule? ‘Keep it clean!’

Following his win last May with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd, DiMarco had said: ‘I really wanted to connect with the audience and teach them what it really means to be deaf.’

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Snapped! Russell Tovey shirtless in Central Park!


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Meryl Streep reflects on all things LGBT

I’m very much looking forward to seeing Meryl Streep’s latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins, at a screening tomorrow. Love, love, love Meryl.

And the best part about her having a new movie out is all the interviews she gives.

In a chat with PrideSource posted earlier today, Streep says she didn’t see taking the role of a lesbian in Woody Allen’s Manhattan in 1979 as risky in regards to her future movie career.

‘I didn’t think of it that way,’ she says. ‘I mean, I was coming to movies sort of sideways from the theater. I got an early movie and I thought, “Well, this is a one-off; they’ll never ask me again.” I was fine with that. I was happy in the theater. And in the theater I had lots of gay friends and my longtime collaborator Roy Helland is gay. I’ve grown up with gay people and been in love with gay people.’

It’s a connection she felt early on.

‘I just can’t remember when LGBT people were not in my life,’ Streep says.

‘You know, gosh. My piano teachers when I was 11 and 12 were two gay men in a little town in New Jersey who had a collection of Mexican art and pinatas and silver lantern covers, and their house was wonderful, not like anybody else’s house in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. And yeah, I came of age when everything was kind of opening up and that’s a good time, right like now.’

Streep has become a huge gay icon over the years because of such films as The Devil Wears Prada, Death Becomes Her, Mamma Mia and Postcards From the Edge which are beloved by her gay fans. She hopes to add to that group with this summer’s Florence Foster Jenkins.

She has also starred in such LGBT-related films as Angels In America and The Hours.

‘To me, I mean, Angels is such an important piece of history, and I felt really lucky to be part of that because I don’t think there was anything like it before,’ Streep says.

‘It really felt like being at the Democratic National Convention in the moment that Hillary shattered the glass ceiling – a big deal. The Hours was important too. And of course I got to kiss Allison Janney, which was a perk! (Laughs).’

After decades of being known more as a critically-acclaimed actress with various accents in such films as Sophie’s Choice, Out of Africa and The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Streep became a big box office draw in the summer of 2006 with the release of Prada.

That was followed two summers later with an even bigger hit: Mamma Mia. She has also scored since then with It’s Complicated, Julie & Julia and Into the Woods.

But she has also remained her critically acclaimed self along the way winning an Oscar (her third) in 2012 for The Iron Lady.


Tuesday Morning Man: Steele Johnson!

Today we continue to have Olympic fever and feature American diver Steele Johnson who yesterday won the silver medal in the 10 meter synchro event with his partner David Boudia.

Steele (don’t you just love his name?) is just 20 and has won multiple national titles at both the junior and college level. He made his Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games.

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Snapped! Daniel Goodfellow and Tom Daley hug it out in Rio after winning Olympic bronze!

Words can't describe how I'm feeling right now! A dream come true, an Olympic bronze medal with @tomdaley1994!!!!!!! :) )))))))

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Tom Daley with Dustin Lance Black after big win!

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See new trailer for season 3 of ‘Transparent’

Transparent’s third season premieres on September 23 and there are some mom issues brewing in the already complicated lives of the Pfefferman family.

Amazon Prime unveiled a trailer today for the upcoming season and it opens with a birthday party for Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) who began her transition to female at age 70.

After she blows out the candles of her birthday cake, the father of three adult children reveals her wish: ‘One of the things I wished for is that you don’t call me “moppa” anymore … I thought you guys could start calling me “mom.”‘

This draws a surprised reaction from Shelly (Judith Light), Maura’s ex-wife and the mother of the three children.

We also see in other scenes Maura seeking to become the woman she envisions through gender confirmation surgery.

According to Amazon Prime’s description of the upcoming season, the Pfefferman family splinters into disparate journeys on their continued path of self-discovery.

After a jarring reality check, all paths converge on a family cruise to Mexico, affirming that though their family history is murky, each Pfefferman is their truest self when they come together.

Tambor won the Emmy for best actor in a comedy last year and is a nominee once again this year. The show is also nominated for outstanding comedy.

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Celeb Instagram: ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ cast! Kathy Griffin! Andy Cohen! Russell Tovey!

New @rockyhorrorfox cast photo. I see you shivering with… you know the rest #RockyHorror

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What do U think I'm watching? #monday

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He's sitting here watching the #RHONY Reunion with me

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Early early on @abcquantico #early @dermalogica @dermalogicauk needed #givenchy

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Tom Daley and partner take bronze in Rio!

Out British diver Tom Daley and partner Daniel Goodfellow have won the bronze medal in the men’s 10 meter synchronized dive competition at the Olympics in Rio de janiero.

The competition was tight and came down to their final dive. China’s team of Chen Aisen and Lin Yue took gold and the USA team of David Boudia and Steele Johnson took silver.

Daley first represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing where he was Britain’s youngest competitor. Four years later he won the bronze medal for Great Britain in the individual 10 m platform competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Daley’s fiance, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, was in the audience. He and Daley’s mother, Debbie, both jumped up with joy and hugged one another when it became apparent Daley had got a medal.

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Happy 35th birthday to Roger Federer!

These are tough times for Roger Federer fans who are having to get through a tennis season without our favorite player.

But you’ve got to figure it’s even tougher for Fed to be celebrating his 35th birthday today and to not be in Rio playing in the Olympics.

Although he won the gold medal in doubles in 2008, he fell to Andy Murray in 2012 in the final and had to settle for silver. So the Olympic gold medal in singles is the only big title he will never win.

We will see if Roger can come back next season – he’s out for the rest of the year – and do some damage.

But even if he isn’t able to add to his record haul of 7 Wimbledons, 5 US Opens, 4 Australian Opens and 1 French Open (see video below) we continue to love every minute of watching him play. Happy birthday to the greatest of all time!

Happy 35th birthday, @rogerfederer! #ATP #tennis #Federer

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Monday Morning Man: Chris Brooks!

Happy Monday everyone!

Sorry the for the delay in getting the Morning man posted but I think this guy is worth waiting for. He’s 29-year-old Chris Brooks and he’s captain of the USA’s men’s gymnastics team.

Chris finished in second in the all-around at the U.S. Olympic Trials in St. Louis. He had previously been an alternate to the 2012 Summer Olympics team.

Chris attended the University of Oklahoma which won the national championship in 2008. he was captain of the team in 2009. His career highlights include three gold medals at the the US Championships as well as three silver and three bronze.

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My day at the DTLA Proud Festival …

Today was the first-ever DTLA Proud Festival and I think organizers have a real hit on their hands. What a GREAT idea to have a one-day festival in early August downtown where the gay scene is really growing fast. I spent about five hours there today (I’m pictured, left, with my friends Jim Key and Zachary Scott) and the only real snag – and it was a big one if you were thirsty – was that organizers under-estimated the alcohol demand. More bartenders were needed as lines were ridiculously long – and slow – once the festival was in full swing. But spirits were high as you can see in a Facebook Live video I did which you can see below. I vow to get better at it!


Sunday Instagram: Brad Goreski! Alan Cumming! Gus & Matt w/Arden & Mientus! Dustin Lance Black!

Lazy Sunday morning. @mercerhotelnyc #coffee #lazy #comfy #selfie

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So happy to be back to my roots, doing cabaret at the Edinburgh festival. I first came here as a 19 year old drama student and did a show with my classmate @ForbesMasson about two characters we'd made up named Victor and Barry. Last night, 32 years later, I came back to do my own show, as me, but I still slid a Victor and Barry gag in: 'Don't clap on your own, somebody will throw you a fish' .

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Saw a reeeeeaaaally fantastic production of "My Fair Lady" at Bay Street directed by the crazy talented @michaelarden who's about to marry the beautiful @andymientus

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Sun's out! Beach run. Practicing my look for tomorrow's competition. #Rio2016 #Diving #TeamGB

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Sunday Night Video: Max Emerson guests on the season finale of ‘Coffee House Chronicles’

Adorable single man (Luis Selgas) is pushed by his two straight roommates (Alex Genther, Dalila Ali Rajah) to go out on a date with a man from an Internet hookup site (Max Emerson). But both men have completely different ideas of a “first date.”
BONUS VIDEOS: Below are some past episodes of this terrific series.


Celeb Instragram: Ricky Martin at Kilimanjaro; Gio & Tommy in DC; Alec Mapa in Spain; Daley & Dustin Black in Rio

Kilimanjaro, here we go! #Tanzania

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Welcome to our new home Tap link in bio for more photos! @WhiteHouse

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I,@alecmapa love thee #Barcelona #sagradafamilia #notcomingback

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So nice to have my family here to support me. Their support is what has enabled me to get to where I am today. Forever grateful ❤

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Lucille Ball was born 105 years ago today

When you come from a big family like I do, there can be all kinds of good times and bad times.

But no matter what was happening, one thing we all could agree upon and settle down for was watching episodes of I Love Lucy.

It’s been that way all my life and it is still that way.

Today marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of series star Lucille Ball, the comedic genius who inhabited Lucy Ricardo, the greatest character in the history of television in my opinion.

Miss Ball got to share her immense talents with the world and even though she died in 1989, we are still enjoying her as much as we ever did.

Earlier posts: My night at the opening of Hollywood Museum’s “Lucille Ball at 100 & I Love Lucy at 60″ exhibit and Lucie Arnaz on mom Lucille Ball’s legacy: “She wrung every last bit of humor and fun out of everything they gave her”