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Pretty Little Liars’ star Tyler Blackburn comes out as bisexual

Pretty Little Liars’ star Tyler Blackburn comes out as bisexual

Tyler Blackburn

Actor and musician Tyler Blackburn has publically come out as bisexual.

The star of Pretty Little Liars opened up about his sexuality in an interview with the Advocate.

‘I’m queer,’ Blackburn said in the interview. ‘I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager.’

‘I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart,’ he adds.

Blackburn said that fully coming to terms with his sexuality has taken years, and something he struggled with when he was younger.

‘I felt the pressure from all sides’

In the interview, Blackburn said that he was plagued with ‘self-doubt’ throughout his youth.

‘I got bullied a lot by other boys, and I just felt like my soul was slowly being taken from me,’ he says about his experiences growing up in Los Angeles,

Blackburn said that he began to isolate himself from friends and family because it ‘felt safer’, though looking back the isolation was ‘soul-crushing’.

Despite dating a number of women in his 20s, the 32-year-old says he always had an ‘underlying curiosity’ about men.

But he said that he battled social pressure to remain sexually binary, from both straight and gay communities.

‘I heard so many things from within the queer community about bisexuality being a cop-out or bullshit or the easy way out or something, and that always stuck with me because I felt the pressure from all sides to have [my sexuality] figured out,’ he shares.

‘And I think for the longest time, I suppressed more of my attraction to men. It wasn’t until my late 20s, towards the end of Pretty Little Liars, that I really allowed myself to go there and not just wonder about it or lust over it, but experience that vulnerability and experience the emotional aspect of what it is to be bisexual.’

‘I understood feeling oppressed’

Blackburn said his role in the sci-fi drama Roswell, New Mexico, helped him embrace his own sexuality.

In the show, the actor plays Sgt. Alex Manes, a gay war veteran who is working to overcome issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

‘I knew this guy in and out,’ Blackburn said about bringing Sgt. Manes to life.

‘I understood feeling oppressed. I understood having issues with my father [wanting to feel] accepted by him. I understood wanting something but being afraid to have it. I understood self-doubt.’

He said playing the character allowed him to ‘feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart’.

‘Now we’re at a place where fluidity is spoken about in such a beautiful way that it doesn’t make me feel as pressured to have it figured out,’ Blackburn adds.

‘My goal above everything is to feel as happy as possible. As free as possible. I don’t just mean happy, like, ‘I’m laughing all day, every day.’ That’s actually insane. That’s impossible. What I mean is, I want to feel free.’