In a new interview with New York magazine, Younger star Nico Tortorella admitted to hooking up with a male friend in high school in an effort to help him come out.
“This is going to sound fucked, but I knew that he was really struggling. And I was like, Look, if I hook up with him, maybe it will make things easier for him,” Tortorella recalled. “We hooked up.”
“There was no ass play at all. It was just dick-to-mouth here,” said Tortorella. “He was shaken up about it and I was like, ‘It’s fine. What happened last night doesn’t make you the person that you are. Why are you putting so much weight on it?’ And when that happened, I was like, ’Oh, I’m thinking about this differently than everyone else is thinking about it.’”
Tortorella, who has never been shy about discussing his sexuality, came out as “sexually fluid” earlier this year.
“The more I’m having these conversations, the more comfortable I am identifying as bisexual,” he told New York.
“I’ve been so hesitant about using the word for so long, because it does have a negative connotation in our generation. People fought for so long for that ‘B’ in LGBT, and I refuse to be the person that’s going to throw that away because I think I have a more colorful word.”
In addition to his podcast, Tortorella talked about his idea for a sketch comedy show called Nico Nico Nico that would “explore various gender and sexual identities.”
“Each episode was a different label,” Tortorella said. “So there was the gay episode, the straight episode, the bisexual episode, the cisgender episode, the asexual episode. I was playing all these different characters, so you could see how one person could be all of these different things in all of these different relationships.”