Colton Haynes is so glad he fully opened up.
Earlier this year, the Arrow alum finally announced to the world that he was gay in an emotional interview with Entertainment Weekly, and he doesn’t regret a thing!
On Tuesday, the actor celebrated National Coming Out Day with a moving message on Instagram, all about how proud he is to be public about his sexual orientation.
The 28-year-old penned in his passionate post:
“This year… I came out of the closet publicly. It chokes me up just reading that sentence. Happy tears 🙂 Knowing that my younger self would be so proud of the person I’ve become. Strong enough to overcome the cards I was dealt growing up & brave enough to finally have the guts to try & help others feel truly happy with who they are.”
The Kansas native also remembered how difficult it was when he first came out privately at the age of 14, adding:
“I ran away & lived in my best friend Maurice’s closet. I felt so lost & was insanely rebellious. I didn’t have the knowledge or tools to accept myself and know my worth until recently. I’m so lucky to have people in my life who accept me for who I am and don’t judge me for simply being me.”
We are so glad! We love that the gorgeous guy has such a great support system!
And, the Hollywood hottie also had some inspirational words for anyone still struggling with their sexuality, or their own coming out process, writing:
“I’m sending a hug to all of you! Coming out on your own time and when it’s safe is the most important thing. Just know it unlocks so many beautiful opportunities 🙂 Happy National Coming Out Day. Please share your stories with me, would love to hear them!!! ├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å├░┼╕╦£╦£├ó┬¥┬ñ├»┬╕┬Å”
Ch-ch-check out his full post (below)!
A photo posted by Colton Haynes (@coltonlhaynes) on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:11pm PDT
Thank you for sharing, Colton!
[Image via Colton Haynes/Instagram.]