Charlie Carver came out as gay Monday on Instagram.
The 27-year-old actor wrote a series of posts saying he took inspiration from the quote, "Be who you needed when you were younger."
"For me, and my family, [coming out as a teen] was a precious conversation, one where I felt that I'd begun to claim myself, my life, and what felt like the beginning of a very-adult-notion of my own authenticity," the star wrote. "For that, and for them, I am forever grateful."
"Fame, to whatever degree, is a tricky creature," he continued. "When it came to this differentiation of public/private, I was of the opinion that my sexuality could stay off the table ... I did not want to be defined by my sexuality. Sure, I am a proud gay man, but I don't identify as a Gay man, or a GAY man, or just gay. I identify as a lot of things."
"Things in this business have changed and will continue to," he added. "There's a lot about the Now that I'm very excited about these days. I feel like more and more people, particularly young people, are striving to create a safe world for each other."
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