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Is this the most humiliating way a celebrity has ever come out to his dad?

Is this the most humiliating way a celebrity has ever come out to his dad?

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is known for playing one of the most normal gay characters in television as Mitchell on Modern Family.

But there was nothing normal about his coming out.

‘I was caught stealing gay porn when I was 14, I always consider that my coming out,’ he revealed in an interview this week with The Talk’s Aisha Tyler on her podcast Girl On Guy.

‘It was so humiliating. I had been stealing porn for awhile, I had quite a bit of a collection.

‘I would bring it into the house but then I’d get nervous so I’d hide it under a mattress or I would hide it behind the shed in the backyard and it would get rained on…’

But that teenage exploration didn’t end well.

‘I had been stealing porn and I had three magazines underneath my shirt, so tucked into my pants and my shirt over the magazines,’ he said.

‘I guess a certain magazine that I had picked up had a little sensor in it and I set off the alarm and I had to go back to the woman who asked me if I had anything in my backpack.

‘She was giving me the benefit of the doubt, she was like, "Did you forget to pay for something? Maybe something fell into your backpack?"

‘I couldn’t be like, "Some porn fell inside my pants!" Instead, I lifted up my shirt and I had tears in my eyes and she took me to the back room.

‘They brought my dad in, showed him the nature of the material that I was stealing,…it was really, really humiliating.’

But that wasn’t the last of his coming out to his dad.

He asked Ferguson if he was gay then, but as a 14-year-old, the actor told him he didn’t know what he was going through.

That might have been a mistake, as Ferguson says he had to come out to his dad three times before he finally got it. Once during in his late teen years, another when he was 21 (‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ ‘Dad! You know I’m gay right?’), and a third time when Ferguson’s sister came out as gay (‘So, Jesse is gay?’).

Modern Family’s season six premiered on 24 September.