Professional wrestler and social media personality Anthony Bowens has kicked off the new year by coming out, again.
After coming out in 2017 as bisexual, Bowens uploaded a statement to his social media accounts on New Year’s Day explaining that after much thought and consideration, he now identifies as gay.
Bowens also uploaded a video with his partner and YouTube channel co-host, Michael Pavano, opening up about the realization and revealing why he feels the term “bisexual” no longer applies to him today.
“It was a very real thing,” Bowens told his followers. “I identified myself as bisexual because I didn’t really know much about the LGBTQ community. I didn’t dive into it much because I was closeted. So the closest thing that I knew, that I could relate to based on that period of life, was bisexual.”
Bowens explained that things changed as he grew older: “I’m in love with Michael, I want to marry Michael, I picture myself being with him for the rest of my life. So the term ’bisexual’ just felt less and less [like] me as time went on.”
“Everybody has their own way of figuring things out, and if that’s something that they want to do, then that’s completely okay,” he said.
“Please don’t be a hypocrite. I think it’s very hypocritical as people who identify as LGBT—who get judged by a lot of people about our lifestyle—to then turn around and judge others in the same community. It—I just don’t understand why that happens or how it happens, so please don’t be one of those people.”
Watch Bowens’ full coming out video, below.