Kevin McHale doesn’t think his fans were surprised by his coming out. The former boy band member turned Glee star was bombarded on social media a couple weeks ago after making a joke saying that Ariana Grande’s latest song, “No Tears Left To Cry” was “gayer” than him.
The internet at large took this as McHale’s coming out moment, but the actor/singer says that his closest fans who watch the content he puts out have known for a while. “Twenty-four hours goes by, and all of a sudden I get a barrage of tweets and people being like, ‘Oh my god, congrats! Welcome! I’m like, ‘What happened?” McHale told Marc Malkin during a Facebook Live interview.
“I was freaking out. I was like, something happened that I don’t know about. And then I saw that it was the tweet. People were like, ‘Oh, you just came out.’ I was like, did I?” McHale explained that the people following him closely on social media have known. “I think there was zero surprise,” he said.
Prior to the Ariana Grande tweet, McHale had posted a photo on Instagram with his hand over another man’s. Later McHale confirmed that the other man was his boyfriend, actor Austin McKenzie, whom he met on the set of ABC’s When We Rise.
When asked why he never came out during Glee’s popular run, McHale revealed it was because of the person he was seeing at the time. “The person I was with came from the most accepting family, but one of the family members, he was terrified of them finding out,” he said. Watch the full interview, below.