Hunky Australian Star Hugh Sheridan Likes Men and Women - but Not Labels

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday September 23, 2020

Hugh Sheridan
Hugh Sheridan  (Source:Screen cap/Hugh Sheridan/Instagram)

Hunky Australian singer Hugh Sheridan, who is also the star of the TV series "Packed to the Rafters," "Five Bedrooms," and and "Back to the Rafters," revealed that he's been in love with both men and women. It's labels he's not so fond of.

"I believe labels are for clothes, not for people," Sheridan, 35, writes in an essay published at Stellar magazine,.

In the essay, Sheridan, a native of Adelaide, Australia, recalls how as a younger man he met a man in Sydney, where he had relocated to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

"I finally met a guy who I connected with emotionally, mentally and physically," Sheridan writes in the essay, reports Australian outlet 7 News. He was so excited that he "told everyone," but, he writes, he got advice to keep his relationship a secret.

Sheridan recounts that he "was told that if I was anything but straight I'd never find work, and that I needed to hide my new-found love."

He goes on to share, "To add to the confusion, the two mentors who told me this were openly gay themselves; they were earnestly trying to protect me and did indeed have my best interests at heart.

"That was just the reality."

Later, he fell in love with a woman, but he still kept his ex-boyfriend a secret because, he writes, he was "embarrassed" about his former relationship.

The actor, 35, says he was "never ashamed" of being attracted to both men and women, and notes, "There must be a lot more people out there who feel how I feel — like the words still don't fit."

News reports said that Sheridan had tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Australia after time in the U.S. Sheridan wrote that he's had time during the pandemic to reflect on how "I've never felt I really knew who I was and I didn't like the sounds of the labels that people were giving me so I decided to say nothing.

"But lockdown gave me time to reflect and it occurred to me that no-one ever sticks up for people who don't pick a label," he adds in his essay.

"We might live and let them live as they wish," he suggests.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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