Actor Keiynan Lonsdale ‘Never Had Any Plans To Come Out’, Says He’s Inspired Fans From Nigeria

Actor Keiynan Lonsdale ‘Never Had Any Plans To Come Out’, Says He’s Inspired Fans From Nigeria

Star of The Flash Keiynan Lonsdale has revealed that he initially had “no plans” to come out.

The 25-year-old Australian actor came out as bisexual earlier this year in a heartfelt Instagram post, and five months later has described life out of the closet.

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I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I'm becoming. Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different.. which is just untrue. A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I've gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I've become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared… no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live. Ya know more & more I see so many young people being their best / truest selves, it's fucking inspiring… so what have I been waiting for!? Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren't exactly the same as us. The truth is we are all family, we're all one. Just love. Keiy. ❤

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“It’s been a wonderful experience, a very welcoming experience,” Lonsdale told The Hollywood Reporter, as he dismissed fears that coming out can adversely affect an actor’s career prospects.

“We have the power to change that outcome ourselves, and if you come out and you’re proud of it and you’re proud of yourself, then people are proud for you. It’s infectious,” he said.

He added: “I never had any plans to come out until I was like in my 80s. Until then, I’d just live a nice, sad life.”

Lonsdale, who plays Wally West/Kid Flash in the CW show, also revealed that his own coming out announcement has helped fans around the world.

“I have kids contact me from Nigeria,” he said. “I’m part Nigerian, and now they can see someone on TV and reach out to me on social media from the other side of the world. It’s amazing. To hear them say they feel better about themselves, it means the world to me.”

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  1. Ken George
    October 26, 06:46 Reply

    So touching. So positive. I think we the youth of today must begin to take steps to avoid the mistakes of our parents. Life would be a whole lot easier of children have someone to talk to. Its not easy but i guess living abroad makes it a bit less hard, at least u wont be thrown in jail just for being different

  2. Delle
    October 26, 09:38 Reply

    The minute I came across his picture, I knew there was some bit of Nigeria in him. Such a cutie and with such psyche? A catch?

    Have I said he is very cute and adorable and get-downable?

  3. quinn
    October 26, 16:06 Reply

    That neck piece on his first photo! Love it. I feel things will get better pretty soon

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