Colton Haynes Opens Up on his Anxiety and Sexuality in New Interview

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Actor Colton Haynes recently chatted with Entertainment Weekly, where he opened up on why he left Teen Wolf and Arrow, while also addressing his sexuality.

On Leaving Arrow:

“I asked to step away because I cared more about my mental and physical health than my career at the time. I’ve had terminal anxiety my entire life. Physically ill, fainting. I’m 27 years old, and I have an ulcer. I had to step back.”

On His Social Media:

“People think there’s this working machine behind it all, but the machine is my weird personality. I think I have a good outlook on life, and I like to share that. There’s no filter. I mean, a couple of Instagram filters, but not an actual communication filter.”

Colton Haynes

On Gay Rumours:

“Was it a secret? …It was a complete shock. I wasn’t ready to be back in the headlines. I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet. But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said.”

“People want you to be that GQ image that you put out, but people don’t realize what it’s like to act 24 hours a day. I’d go home and I was still acting. People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don’t realize that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world.”

Colton revealed that he’s been out for most of his life with his friends and family – he has just never outwardly stated his sexuality to the public.

Colton Haynes

On Finding Happiness:

“It took me so long to get to this point, but I’m doing so good. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been, and that’s what I care about.”

Be sure to pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly to check out Colton’s full feature! You can also read more here.


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