US actor Charlie Carver has thanked fans for their ‘love and support’ after he came out as gay.
The star revealed that he had come out to his family as a teenager but it was only now that he felt comfortable enough to share his sexual orientation with the world, saying he ‘owed it to myself’.
He wrote: "I feared I would be limiting myself to a type, to a perception with limits that I was not professionally comfortable with. And I created in my imagination an Industry that was just as rigid in this belief as well.
"After having the privilege of playing a range of characters, gay, straight and otherwise, I realize this is not the case.
"I now believe that by omitting this part of myself from the record, I am complicit in perpetuating the suffering, fear, and shame cast upon so many in the world.
"So now, let the record show this - I self-identify as gay - I owe it to myself, more than anything, to be who I needed when I was younger."
Fans were quick to show their support on Twitter…
@Charlie_Carver Thank you for sharing such a personal part of yourself with us. You are a true inspiration, and we love you. 😊💜💕— Angie (@Expelliarmus) January 11, 2016
@Charlie_Carver I really respect you for that,not everyone would tell us all about that! I hope you can be your truely (?) self now.— Caroline (@Austria_5SOS) January 12, 2016
@Charlie_Carver<3 Really hope it won't be necessary anymore to 'come out' in the future. I hope you doing that helps a lot of scared ppl. x— Andrea B. (@TimeyWimeyDaffy) January 12, 2016
@Charlie_Carver Amazing. Thanks for sharing this. So happy for you.— Brian Edwards (@coconutphone77) January 12, 2016
@Charlie_Carver I'm so glad you can finally be who you truly are now. I'm so happy for you and we'll support you no matter what. ❤️— michelle 23 (@songshawn) January 12, 2016
@Charlie_Carver congrats, proud to be in the same community as someone who is bightly eloquent like yourself— Matthew McGregor (@matthewislife) January 12, 2016
@Charlie_Carver this is so amazing. that is such a good & true sentence to live by. i'm so happy for you 💖💖💖💖💖— rainbows (@louisharryhugs) January 11, 2016
Charlie later took to Twitter to thank fans for their support, saying he was ‘blown away’ by their ‘support and love’.
“Blown away by the support and love! It was not a secret to many, but I felt it necessary to share (until coming out is a thing of the past),” he tweeted.
He added: “Thank you for the kind words. I couldn't do it without them. Much love xx”
Blown away by the support and love! It was not a secret to many, but I felt it necessary to share (until coming out is a thing of the past)— Charlie Carver (@Charlie_Carver) January 12, 2016
Thank you for the kind words. I couldn't do it without them. Much love xx— Charlie Carver (@Charlie_Carver) January 12, 2016