• Daniel Newman, star of The Walking Dead, recently announced his coming out. (AMC / The Walking Dead.)Source: AMC / The Walking Dead.
"I realised how important it is in this day and age to be visible; have people know who you are. When you are accomplishing incredible things and you are hiding who you are, you are hurting hundreds of millions of people.”
By
Chloe Sargeant

4 Apr 2017 - 10:54 AM  UPDATED 4 Apr 2017 - 10:54 AM

Star of 'The Walking Dead' Daniel Newman, has come out to his fans via his Twitter account recently.

The actor, who plays Kingdom member Daniel on the popular show, told his followers he was "out and proud", and encouraged fans to "be proud to be yourself".

Newman followed up his initial tweet with a Youtube video, which spoke in more detail about why he waited so long to come out publicly as a gay man. He stated that his conservative upbringing definitely affected his relationship with his sexuality, but one of the main reasons he kept quiet was due to Hollywood pressure. 

“I’m an actor. The whole world, the industry, is like ‘Here’s your big break, you’re on The Walking Dead, you can’t come out, you can’t be in the press, because everything you work so hard for is going to be gone – there’s no gay or bi leading men, no action heroes, your career’s going to be over’,” he said.

“I don’t care. Because I know what’s right. Whatever [happens] with my career’s going to happen, but I’m standing with you guys.”

He also thanked a young woman as a homeless youth shelter, saying a conversation with her was a major catalyst in his decision to come out. He says in the Youtube video that the young woman thanked him for standing up for the LGBTQIA community as a straight man, and when he told her that he was actually gay himself, she asked him, "Why have you never said that publicly before? You could help change our lives."

“It hit me like a gut punch. It felt like someone had knocked the wind out of me,” he said. “And I realised how important it is in this day and age to be visible; have people know who you are. When you are accomplishing incredible things and you are hiding who you are, you are hurting hundreds of millions of people.”

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