5 Celebrities Who’ve Struggled With Their Sexuality

Getting to grips with your sexuality isn’t always easy, especially if you want to ignore your true feelings or keep things secret. These 5 celebrities all felt a great struggle regarding their own sexuality, finding it hard to be honest and open about who they really are. Finally coming out and feeling relieved to have the truth out in the open, these stars are feeling much better about their sexuality today but they went through dark times where some even contemplated suicide or felt they were completely alone in their personal struggles.

Sara Gilbert

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Sara feels happy to be out and open about her sexuality now after a long period of keeping it a secret: “This is a whole new world for me. I’m not an expert on this, or I don’t analyse these things. I’m just sort of living my life. I don’t think (being out) will be a problem… I don’t ever really think of things as being out or in… I just think I am who I am, and when topics come up that are appropriate, I’ll talk about them and share when it seems right.”

Cheyenne Jackson
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Cheyenne felt terrible hiding his sexuality but thankfully singing helped his through his rough patch: “I never felt further away from who I really am. Singing was everything to me. It gave me hope.”

Ricky Martin
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Ricky felt like he couldn’t come out and be himself for a long time: “Being Ricky Martin back then and what I was feeling were not compatible. I was the sex symbol and I needed to dance and I needed to make girls crazy and I couldn’t say that I was gay. It was a lot of struggle. If you add to that whether you call it culture, religion, society but what I was feeling, according to what I had in my mind, was evil and I’m very lucky today that what I have in my mind is love and I’m very happy.”

Wentworth Miller
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Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller felt suicidal as a teen because of his personal struggle: “The first time i tried to kill myself I was 15, I waited until my family were away for the weekend and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills.”

Portia de Rossi
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Portia didn’t want to face up to the truth: ”I just didn’t want to be a lesbian. I’d never met one for a start and I just thought they were strange and that they hated men and they were very serious and I had these ridiculous images in my head and there were no out celebrities or politicians or anybody that I could look to and go, ‘Oh, I could be like that’. There was nobody that I could say, ‘I could date her and I want to be like her.’ I just kind of thought I don’t want to live like this. I don’t have to, I don’t need to, I just shut down the emotional life.”

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