Actor Matt Dallas. | Photo: Instagram
Matt Dallas revealed executives of hit show Kyle XY told him not to publicly come out as gay.
The 36-year-old played the title character in the American science fiction television series for three seasons from 2007.
‘I was told to stay in the closet,’ he revealed. ‘Not talk about my sexuality, to be on every red carpet with a girl on my arm – because you could not be successful if you were openly gay in the entertainment industry, at least in front of the camera.’
‘I wish I had not taken that advice,’ he added.
Dallas then said: ‘Because of the advice that was given to me to stay in the closet, I became very disconnected from who I was.
‘There’s a lot of residual stuff that to this day that I still deal with where I find myself [thinking] “I sound too gay” or “I’m acting too gay” because it was so drilled into my brain,’ he said.
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Matt Dallas: Coming out, marriage and starting a family
Matt Dallas publicly came out in 2013. He then married partner Blue Hamilton in July 2015.
In December of that same year, the pair announced they adopted son Crow, who was two years old at the time.
They were supposed to take in Crow as a foster child for a six-month trial period but, Hamilton said they fell in love with him on the car ride home.
‘We decided he was going to be ours, that we weren’t going to give him up,’ he said.
Dallas then added: ‘There was about a six-minute trial period… For this holiday season, we got the best Christmas present ever.’
They also produced a docu-series about the challenges of being gay dads.
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