Disney Channel star Joshua Rush has come out as bisexual, telling fans on Twitter that he likes “women and men and other genders.”
The 17-year-old actor, who played junior high schooler Cyrus Goodman on Disney’s Andi Mack between 2017 and 2019, made his sexual orientation public in a Twitter thread posted on Tuesday, Yahoo! Entertainment reports.
“I’m bi,” Rush tweeted. “I saw so many of you watch Cyrus come out and said ‘Hey! I can be me!’”
Cyrus, the character that Rush played on Andi Mack, came out during the show’s second season in 2017. He later became the first Disney Channel character to say “I’m gay” and became one half of the network’s first-ever same-sex teen couple in the series finale.
“How ironic, isn't it, that me, playing that character, never had mustered up that courage?” Rush tweeted. “Instead of feeling the courage to tell you today that I am an out and proud bisexual man because of the character I played for four years, I feel that courage thinking of all of you, who felt emboldened by Cyrus to come out. I suffered with some level of my own internalized homophobia even while playing the first openly gay character on Disney Channel.”
“I stuffed the existential crisis of talking about my sexual orientation into a box in my mind for years,” the actor continued. “Today, I release it into the world.”
Though Andi Mack has come to an end, you can still catch Rush — or at least his voice — on Universal Kids’ Where’s Waldo, playing the titular role.