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Actor comes out as bisexual after tabloid publishes his private DMs

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what a surprise u were ? @Miguel.rojales

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Alex Diaz is a 25-year-old Filipino-Scottish actor and model who lives in Manila. Yesterday, he came out as bisexual in an emotional Instagram post after being outed by someone online last week.

It all started last Wednesday when a man claiming to be an “online fitness coach” shared screenshots of a private Instagram exchange between himself and Diaz.

In the conversation, Diaz asked if the man “accepted indecent proposals.” When the man said no, Diaz apologized then asked him not to share the conversation. In an act of cruelty, the man leaked the screenshots anyway and they quickly spread on social media before being published by an online tabloid.

Afterwards, Diaz laid low for a few days. Until yesterday, when he finally broke his silence.

“Thank you for the thousands of messages of love and support all over twitter and my message requests here on Instagram,” he wrote to his 580,000 followers yesterday.

“Never again will I be shackled by the fear of what might be said about who I am for fear of losing my career and instead, I will seek help, heal and champion change, acceptance and representation for the bisexual community and/or anyone who is met with prejudice in our society.”

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thank you for the thousands of messages of love and support all over twitter and my message requests here on instagram. I am going to release a full statement when the time is right but for now I would just like to say sorry and thank you. I ask forgiveness from my management, the brands, supporters, friends, my family and everyone else I let down by what I did and/or who I am. Im sorry, I was wrong in my actions and failed to uphold the values I so strongly try to convey online. It was not my intention to hurt anyone or elude the truth of who I am for all these years but rather a showbiz decisions based on the state of our nation in regards to acceptance and representation of who I am. But I sincerely thank everyone for not failing to remind me that I am human and that I too am loved. —Never again will I be shackled by the fear of what might be said about who I am for fear of losing my career and instead, I will seek help, heal and champion change, acceptance and representation for the bisexual community and/or anyone who is met with prejudice in our society. I see now that my actions are not caused by but rather the effect of the unhealthy and toxic suppression of all of who I am as a human being. Im in a better place now. My passion is performing, making people happy & making people smile. My only hope is that I can continue to use this platform to do such in whatever new path this universe-given experience has opened up for me. For now, I will rest, reevaluate and come back stronger and better than ever. I love you all, I have learned and I am growing. thank you. ??????

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Diaz continued, “It was not my intention to hurt anyone or elude the truth of who I am for all these years but rather a showbiz decisions based on the state of our nation in regards to acceptance and representation of who I am.”

He concluded, “My passion is performing, making people happy & making people smile. My only hope is that I can continue to use this platform to do such in whatever new path this universe-given experience has opened up for me. For now, I will rest, reevaluate and come back stronger and better than ever. I love you all, I have learned and I am growing.”

While the circumstances leading up to Diaz’s coming out are cruel and unfair, he seems to be making the most of the situation by refusing to live in fear. He is also fortunate in that the Philippines is frequently ranked as one of the most gay-friendly nations in Asia. In 2013, it ranked #10 most gay-friendly in a 2013 global survey of 39 countries.

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wass good? ? @debbie_then

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cam test @markus @gabbi @dylanray28

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Have been really fortunate to experience such comfort and great service here at @unimmanchiangmai. The room is fantastic and the staff are very kind. Apart from that, I’ve been grateful for not having to worry about acne. My skin has been as smooth as the @thaiairways flight from Manila to Chiang Mai thanks to my regular visits to Doc @cathyvalencia. The weather has been hot and I’ve gotten pretty down and dirty with all the fun activities out here but I’ve been comforted by the fact that @axe Ice Chill has kept me smelling good and its helped make this trip so much more chill. I’ve enjoyed uninterrupted LTE from @enjoyglobe after registering for the 3 day data roaming service and the photos i have to take home with me are priceless thanks to the quality of my iPhone XR from @powermaccenter. I’m grateful for the partnerships and the trust. but for now, there’s more adventures to be had in #AmazingThailand! #appreciationpost

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puto ? ? @ella.killa ? @makan.eliseos

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