As the second episode of the Logo gay dating show, Finding Prince Charming, airs, the off-screen drama continues.
News that the show’s main bachelor, Robert Sepulveda Jr., had worked for years as a male escort leaked out prior to the show’s premiere last week. The show is essentially a gay version of ABC’s The Bachelor.
One of the show’s 13 suitors who are supposed to be vying for Sepulveda’s affections is speaking out about his sex worker past.
‘If I wanted to date a hooker, I’d hire one,’ he told TheWrap on the condition of anonymity. ‘I’m beyond livid.’
Logo, which broadcasts the show, has not commented about Sepulveda’s past beyond this statement: ‘We are aware of Robert’s past and fully support him as he moves forward in his search for love on Finding Prince Charming.’
Another contestant, who also spoke on the condition that he not be identified, said: ‘There are videos of Robert out there that are quite disgusting. Now I’m associated with him. Try explaining that to your mother.’
Sepulveda, 33, does not deny his past as a gay escort, which began when he was in his early 20s. He explained to People.com last week that his bank account balance was $2.14 at the time. ‘I didn’t know how I was going to pay rent or my [college] tuition or buy food.’
It was 2004 and Sepulveda was a student at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He juggled classes with escort work for the next two years until graduation. ‘I saw no other way to support myself so I decided to do it too,’ he said. ‘I had all those expenses, I just knew that I had to do something. I had no other choice.’