LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Colton Haynes attends the iHeart Radio Music Festival - press room held at MGM Grand Resort and
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There has been a lot of speculation regarding Colton Haynes' sexual orientation over the past few years. In January social media exploded after a user on Tumblr commented about Haynes’ “secret gay past,” which Haynes responded to simply by saying: “Was it a secret?”

Whether it was ever meant to be a secret, it’s officially out in the open thanks to the exclusive Colton gave Entertainment Weekly. Although, he has been out for most his life to his family and friends, as well as to his fellow cast and crew members, the pressure to hide that part of himself in Hollywood has weighed heavy on the 27-year-old actor.

Haynes goes on to address the pressure he felt as an actor with LGBT identity:

“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.”

After his roles on Arrow and Teen Wolf, the anxiety-ridden actor had to take a step back and re-evaluate what was going on in his life. He checked himself into rehab to manage his anxiety. It sounds like things are falling into place for Haynes as he says: “I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been, and that’s what I care about.”