Colton Haynes, star on the hit CW series Arrow, admits he is gay in a new interview published on Thursday.

Colton Haynes Reveals He’s Gay

Haynes stepped away from Arrow in 2015 due to issues with anxiety, but made sure to keep in touch with fans through social media, specifically Instagram.

“I think I have a good outlook on life, and I like to share that. There’s no filter. I mean, a couple of Instagram filters, but not an actual communication filter,” Haynes told EW in an interview.

In January, a Tumblr post led to an Internet frenzy, after a fan commented on Haynes’ “secret gay past,” regarding racy modeling photos Haynes took while underage. To stir the flames even more, Haynes offered a coy reply: “Was it a secret?”

“It was a complete shock. I wasn’t ready to be back in the headlines,” Haynes admitted, who is in fact gay but has never publicly addressed his sexuality.

Haynes had reportedly checked into rehab for anxiety and would in the hospital over the next three months.

“I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet,” the actor revealed.

“But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said,” Haynes added.

Fortunately, after getting help and taking time to reevaluate his life, Haynes feels good about himself.

“It took me so long to get to this point, but I’m doing so good,” the actor said. “I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been, and that’s what I care about.”

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