Australian actor Hugh Sheridan comes out, says 'labels are for clothes, not for people'

The star says he's been "overwhelmed" with support since sharing the news


Australian actor Hugh Sheridan has been "overwhelmed" with support since opening up about his sexuality in an essay.

The Back to the Rafters star addressed the topic while writing for Stellar magazine over the weekend.

Good for him!

"I met a guy who I connected with emotionally, mentally and physically"

"In many ways, I wish I didn’t have to write this," the 35-year-old said (as per Out). "But I feel a responsibility to others who may come after me.

"By sharing my story now, and becoming more transparent, maybe I can help to give others who are private a break. We might live and let them live as they wish. I believe labels are for clothes, not for people."

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The star added that during his college years he "met a guy who I connected with emotionally, mentally and physically" but was told "if I was anything but straight I’d never find work [and] that I needed to hide my newfound love."

The relationship eventually ended and Sheridan became involved with women, but was "too embarrassed" to talk about his experiences with men - until now.

Speaking about the reaction to his essay, Sheridan told The Daily Telegraph (as per The Sun Best): "I've honestly been completely overwhelmed with how many people really related to what I was saying, especially about taking your time and not having to pick a label straight away."

The star of Packed to the Rafters and Five Bedrooms continued: "I'm just surprised how many people are feeling the same and I'm glad they know they're not alone; in turn I know I'm not either."

Congrats, Hugh!

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