Glee's Kevin McHale Opens Up About Coming Out

Kevin McHale is speaking out about his sexuality.

During a Facebook Live talk on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in which he was interviewed by entertainment journalist Marc Malkin, the Glee alum shared that he is "definitely happy" after coming out in a tweet in April. He added that "it's better out than not," though he noted that he "wasn't obviously shouting it from the mountaintops." McHale also explained that he hadn't been actively hiding his sexuality. The actor stated, "If somebody was a big fan and following everything I was doing [on social media], like the people I interact with on Twitter on a daily basis, I think there was zero surprise. People knew."

Elaborating, he said, "The organizations I've been supporting and all that sort of work has been apparent, at least to me. I've always supported LGBT organizations and things like that because I felt like I had a vested interest in this where I wanted to help out."

As Nicki Swift previously reported, McHale effectively came out when he tweeted his response to Ariana Grande's new song, "No Tears Left to Cry." At the time, he wrote, "#NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT. Ty @ArianaGrande."

However, while he doesn't regret sharing his sexuality with the public, he does feel bad about how he handled it. "I honestly feel bad about it because that song is about a lot more. That song is about something really horrible and tragic and something she went through and dealt with beyond anybody's imaginable expectations," McHale admitted to Malkin, alluding to the horrific Manchester attack in May 2017. "I just made this passing joke about it and then I was like this is sort of disrespectful to the song and subject matter she was talking about."

During his interview, McHale also revealed that he and his When We Rise co-star Austin McKenzie had been dating for "a little over a year and a half." Fans had suspected that the two were in a relationship after they'd appeared on one another's social media. A week before he came out on Twitter, McHale shared a photo of himself cuddling with McKenzie. In the caption, he wrote, "#mycoachella."

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