20+ Celebrities Who Made a Come Out In 2018 Leaving Fans Puzzled
As time goes by, the world is growing more supportive of LGBTQ+ individuals and this has paved the way for these 2018 celebrity coming out stories. So, who the some famous people that came out in 2018? If you're curious to learn more about them, keep reading because you're in for a treat!
27. Derek Chadwick
Derek is a professional model and actor. This gorgeous specimen was born in New York City and came out as gay just before he appeared on the August 2018 issue of Gay Times Magazine, stating:
I would identify now as gay...I think I realized vaguely at school that I was gay, like officially. There was a point that I just knew. I have a very private life, and because I haven’t been out, I’ve been nervous about people seeing my personality because I didn’t want them to jump to conclusions about me without knowing my whole story.
26. Jason Mraz
Jason is a professional musician, singer-songwriter, actor and artist. He was born in Virginia, Mechanicsville in the USA. His contribution to Billboard's 2018 "Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community" series led to widespread speculation that he was actually bisexual. Mraz confirmed his sexuality in a July 2018 interview with Billboard, stating:
But I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like, "Wow, does that mean I am gay?" And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it "two spirit," which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that.
25. Paris Jackson
Paris is a professional actress and television personality. She was born in Beverly Hills, California, USA, and publicly came out as bisexual in 2018, though she had been out to her family and friends since she was 14. She verified her sexuality in a Tweet, stating:
How many times have I publicly referred to the community as ‘my fellow LGBTQ+’? Like, even on stage. I’ve been apart of the community for years. I even mentioned having crushes on girls when I was eight in a magazine before. I’ve been caught kissing girls in public.
24. Rebecca Sugar
Rebecca is a professional storyboard artist, songwriter, and screenwriter. She was born in Silver Springs, Maryland, USA. The Steven Universe creator came out as non-binary in an NPR interview in July 2018. They said:
"I am also a non-binary woman which is been really great to express myself through these characters because it’s very much how I have felt throughout my life."
23. Brendon Urie
Brendon is a professional guitarist, songwriter, pianist, musician, singer-songwriter, and many more! He was born in Summerlin, Nevada, USA. In a July 6, 2018 interview with Paper, Brendon Urie came out as pansexual. The Panic at the Disco singer stated:
I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don't care. If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart's in the right place. I'm definitely attracted to men. It's just people that I am attracted to.
22. Jessie Paege
Jessie is a professional Youtuber and was born in New Jersey, USA. She came out as bisexual in a series of YouTube videos in the summer of 2018. She later stated in an interview with The Advocate:
I always was a bit hesitant when it came to relationships and romance growing up. I was never the friend in a relationship or talking about crushes, and I think that came from my own insecurity and feelings. I realized that the term “bisexual” is fluid and the label fit me perfectly and the feelings I was scared of in high school.
21. Tessa Thompson
Tessa is a professional actress and was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. In a 2018 interview, Tessa Thomspon spoke openly about being bisexual. She said:
"[In my family] you can be anything you want to be. I’m attracted to men and also to women. If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion."
20. Collin Martin
Collin is a professional Football player and was born in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA. He came out as gay publicly in 2018, though he was out to his friends and family for much longer. He stated on Twitter:
Today, I’m proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay. I have received only kindness and acceptance from everyone in Major League Soccer and that has made the decision to come out publicly that much easier.
19. Amandla Stenberg
Amandla is a professional model and actress. She was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. In a June 2018 interview, Amandla Stenberg spoke openly about being gay. She stated:
"I’m grateful for how being gay has afforded me this ability to experience and understand love and sex, and therefore life, in an expansive and infinite way."
18. Hennessy Carolina
Hennessy is a professional social media star and television personality. She was born in New York City, and came out as bisexual in a 2018 Instagram post, stating:
"If you can’t accept the B In (L)LGBTQ..(L)lesbian(G)ay(B)BISEXUAL(T)transgender (Q)ueer, then please don’t speak up for the community if you can’t fully understand ALL of us."
17. Cassandra Bankson
Cassandra is also a professional Youtuber and was born in San Francisco, California, USA. She came out as gay in a 2018 video where she stated:
I struggled with self-harm growing up, and a lot of that stemmed from trying to mitigate my attraction to other women. I was destroying myself over something I can't change. Maybe this will be the wake up call to someone who is homophobic or hateful, to show that who I love doesn't change who I am.
16. Rita Ora
Rita is a professional songwriter, singer-songwriter, actress, and singer. She was born in Pristina. In response to backlash for her lyrics on the 2018 hit "Girls", Rita Ora apologized via Twitter. While the song was criticized for reinforcing stereotypes, Ora came out in her Tweet and stated the song was meant to mirror her own personal experience as a member of the LGBTQ+ community:
"Girls" was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life. I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey.
15. Janelle Monae
Janelle is a professional spokesperson, record producer, songwriter, musician, singer-songwriter, and much more! Monae was born in Kansas City, and in an April 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, Janelle Monae explained that she once thought she was bisexual, but now identifies as pansexual, stating:
"I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am."
Kehlani is a professional singer and songwriter who was born in Oakland, California, USA. In a series of mostly deleted media posts in April 2018, Kehlani announced that she is queer on Twitter, saying:
Cuz i keep geddin asked.. I’m queer. Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions.
13. Kevin Michael McHale
Kevin is a professional actor and television producer. He was born in Plano, Texas, USA. The 'Glee' actor Kevin McHale came out on April 20, 2018, with a tweet that read:
"#NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT. Ty @ArianaGrande."
12. Zander Hodgson
Zander is a professional actor and model. He came out as gay in a 2018 video on his YouTube channel, stating:
This is something that I thought was important to do for my own growth, for myself, to be unashamed, to connect to others, to connect to you more. I wanted to tell everyone that I am gay, and although that doesn’t change anything for me, and hopefully not for you, I just thought it was a really important thing to share with everyone.
11. Ronan Farrow
Ronan is a professional commentator, journalist, official, writer, human rights activist and more! He was born in New York City, USA and confirmed that he is a member of the LGBTQ+ community when accepting the Point Courage award in 2018. He stated:
Being a part of the LGBT community, which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible — that has been an incredible source of strength for me. LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there.
10. Abbi Jacobson
Abbie is a professional screenwriter, and actress and was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA. In an April 2018 interview with Vanity Fair, Abbi Jacobson revealed that she dates men and women.
"I kind of go both ways; I date men and women. "They have to be funny, doing something they love."
9. Alyson Stoner
Alyson is a professional singer-songwriter, model, choreographer, actress, voice actor and much more. She was born in Toledo, Ohio USA. In March 2018, Alyson Stoner penned a personal essay about her sexuality. She wrote:
I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways. I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me. It is the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best journeys.
8. Cory Michael Smith
Cory is a professional actor and was born in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The 'Gotham' actor came out in March 2018 while promoting his film '1985'. He explained that while his family supported him coming out with a lot of love, he related to the fear that his character felt in a similar circumstance.
7. Joey Pollari
Joey is a professional actor and was born in Minnesota, USA. He came out publicly as gay in an interview with The Advocate after appearing in the 2018 film 'Love, Simon'. Speaking about his sexuality, he said:
"The only part that was difficult was me coming out to myself. And I think that is the most difficult coming out."
6. Lee Pace
Lee is a professional actor and was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA. In February 2018, Lee Pace answered a question about his sexual orientation by saying:
"I’ve dated men. I’ve dated women. I don’t know why anyone would care. I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say — I find your question intrusive."
5. Hurley Haywood
Hurley is a professional race car driver and was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He decided to publicly discuss his sexuality in his 2018 autobiography in part because he knew it would benefit other gay people who may have been battling with coming out of the closet. He said in an interview with Autoweek:
"If my voice is strong enough to help one kid, it might help two kids, or five or a hundred."
4. Cecil Clarke
Cecil is a professional politician and was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Canadian mayor Cecil Clarke came out as gay in 2018, stating:
I'm not prepared to go on my future journey alone," he said, referencing his male partner in an interview, "I'm not going to do it ashamed or afraid or not proud of who I am as a person. And I hope, I hope people will not allow that to cloud who I am as a politician either.
3. Reece King
Reece is a professional model who was born Essex, England. He came out as bisexual in a January 2018 Gay Times interview. He stated:
I think a lot more creative LGBTQ people have taken the limelight, especially on social media. We see them on mood boards at shoots for inspiration. If people just keep doing their thing unapologetically, it breaks down the barriers in more homophobic environments.
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2. Sasha Lane
Sasha is a professional actress and was born in Houston, Texas, USA. She openly discussed her sexuality during a 2018 interview about her role in the film 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post,' saying:
"The story really hit home for me, coming from a household where my brother’s gay and I’m gay."
1. Jake Atlas
Jake is a professional wrestler, and came out as gay in January 2018 after winning the 2017 Southern California Rookie of the Year award. Regarding the decision to come out, he stated:
Thankfully, the reaction has been incredibly positive from close friends, peers, and promoters. I have had the opportunity to share stories with others in the same community and find support to help me embrace my sexuality.
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