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95-Year-Old Man Talks Coming Out After a Lifetime in the Closet

Roman Davey Wavey

There’s nothing more frightful than coming out for the first time, and it’s a fear that most LGBTQ people face early in their lives. But imagine spending more than 90 years in the closet. What does coming out feel like then?

In a recent video, Roman Blank sat down with YouTube darling Davey Wavey to talk about his coming-out as gay last year—at the age of 95.

“I told [my family] the whole tragedy of my life, and then they understood,” Blank said. “Can you imagine 90 years in the closet?”

Related: Davey Wavey Wants You to Respect Your Elders

Blank admitted he knew he was gay since he was 5 years old. However, he never came out about his sexual identity; he married and raised a family in the U.S. His and his wife’s story is planned for a documentary called On My Way Out, apparently being led by one of their grandchildren.

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Davey Wavey asked Blank if he wanted a boyfriend or a companion, and what kind of man he would be looking for at his age—more of a Marlon Brando or a Zac Efron?

At Zac Efron, Blank replied: “Who?”

Added Blank: “I don’t look at the face. I look at the heart—somebody to lean against, somebody who feels my heart ticking.”

The two exchanged smiles before Davey signed off with “It’s never too late to be your true self.” Hear, hear.

Watch the full interview below.

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