'Finding Prince Charming's star Robert Sepulveda Jr. defends his male escort past
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/31/2016
Finding Prince Charming star Robert Sepulveda Jr., the gay bachelor whom 13 suitors will compete to date on the upcoming new Logo reality dating series, isn't shying away from his past as a male escort.
"Well, everyone is worthy of love," the handsome interior designer, 33, toldUs Weekly. "It doesn't matter what you've done in your past, escorting or anything else."
Sepulveda confirmed he worked as a sex worker about 10 years ago after several reports of his alleged former career surfaced. He once served a male escort on the now-defunct, primarily-sexual social networking site RentBoy.com.
Sepulveda, born in Puerto Rico, explained what he believes it takes to be a "real Prince Charming."
"[It] is someone who has life experience in all aspects of life, that isn't afraid of someone with HIV or someone who doesn't care what you've done in your past," Sepulveda said, alluding to the fact this season's cast will also include a HIV-positive suitor.
Sepulveda was also perfectly comfortable telling the contestants about his former job when filming the Logo series, which will be hosted by Lance Bass and premiere Thursday, September 8 at 9PM ET/PT.
"It's part of my past and these guys were open with me about their past, some talk about HIV, about whatever that's happened in their past," Sepulveda explained to Us. "They were honest and open with me about their past, so I felt like I couldn't stand before them and not be open about my past."
On Tuesday, Sepulveda admitted to The Huffington Post he worked as a male escort because he "was young" and "it helped through college."
"But what I want people to focus on is who I am today as an entrepreneur, as an activist," he toldThe Post. "I started a nonprofit and, you know, focusing on the show. That's really what I want people to focus on."
Sepulveda founded the Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks, a historic LGBTQ civil art project with the mission of advancing awareness of diversity and equality through public art and community outreach.