Charlie Carver opens up for the first time about his gay father

Charlie Carver opens up for the first time about his gay father

It’s been a little over a year since actor Charlie Carver came out publicly on Instagram. Now, the 28-year-old actor is making another big reveal. This time it’s about his late father, who was also gay.

In a candid new interview with Attitude, Carver opens for the first time about when his father came out to him. Carver was 12 years old at the time.

“I think he taught me, in the way that he lived his life, that your sexuality doesn’t define you,” Carver says. “It’s an important part of who you are, but he had such a rich life.”

Carver’s father was Robert Martensen, a well-known physician, historian and author. He passed away in 2013.

Carver says his father was not without his demons. In fact, seeing him struggle pushed young Carver to accept his own sexuality sooner.

“I was frustrated by what I would call some of his own internalized shame,” he recalls, “that it almost became this challenge to really get to the bottom of that quickly, for me…I wanted to be able to define myself, set my own rules…I didn’t wanna be like him.

“It kind of propelled me into being louder and brasher and more experimental. And I think that hurt his feelings sometimes, but I think he was also grateful.”

Carver was just named Attitude’s Bachelor of the Year. Since coming out, the Teen Wolf star feels he’s really come into his own and feels more liberated than ever.COVER-ONLINE-SIZE-768x1005

“For so long I’ve been linked to something, whether it’s been a brother or an institution, a boarding school, or I was in university or a show,” he says. “This is the first time in my life where I finally feel like a free agent.”

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9 Comments

  1. Francis
    May 02, 07:18 Reply

    Lord knows sometimes a part of me wonders if daddy dearest is gay/bi as he’s loyal as fuck in the midst of a shit load of womanizing friends. As always I’m over thinking this. Lol

  2. ambivalentone
    May 02, 07:45 Reply

    Makes me wonder if homosexuality is highly heritable and its not indeed the next step on the evolutionary chain

    • himbo
      May 02, 08:41 Reply

      There was a study I saw long ago that when there is an over populated species there is a marked increase in same sex behavior.

      • ambivalentone
        May 02, 12:24 Reply

        Eziokwu??? The earth is atm filled to near bursting. Apparently some ppl took “be fruitful and multiply” too much to heart

  3. Mandy
    May 02, 11:25 Reply

    I still find it weird when I hear stories of families with more than one gay person in it. Two brothers. A brother and a sister. A father and son.
    Never heard of a mother and daughter or mother and son though.

    • KikiOpe
      May 02, 12:56 Reply

      I once read it a mother and daughter who are not only lesbians, but are also lovers (incest yeah?)

      • cedar
        May 02, 20:02 Reply

        yeeh, abeg o. Dats having too much on one’s plate.

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