Colton Haynes has once and for all quashed rumors about his sexuality, coming out as gay in a new interview in which he addresses that Tumblr post, and his struggle with anxiety.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Haynes says he never intended for his response to a question posted on Tumblr about his “Secret gay past” to be a coming out.

Case in point: A Tumblr post in January sparked an Internet firestorm after a fan commented on Haynes’ “Secret gay past,”regarding racy modeling photos Haynes took while underage.

No official announcement came forth from Haynes after his foray on Tumblr, which led to increased speculation online.

Speaking of the particular struggles he faced coming out as gay in Hollywood as an actor, Haynes says,.

“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 actingPeople 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.” The truth is, Haynes has been out for most of his life – in high school, to his family and friends, to his cast members, to his Hollywood bosses.

We at Towleroad have covered Colton Haynes extensively over the years.

In my eyes, Haynes’ response on Tumblr had one strong message: “Colton Haynes Confirms He’s Gay In Coy Tumblr Post.” Which is the headline that was used in that post; a headline I stand by.

Congratulations to Haynes for opening up and sharing his struggles.

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