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Actor Luke Evans shows off his pride month underwear


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Actor and singer Luke Evans (Beauty and The Beast, The Alienist) is feeling the pride this month. The out-gay star took to Instagram to show off his rainbow flag: emblazoned across the waistband of his Versace underwear.

“Wear your pride. Live your pride. Be your pride. And be kind. Everyone deserves to have happiness. Human rights belong to everyone. #happypridemonth and every other month of the year! Thanks @versace for my rainbow pants (yes, that’s what we call them in Britain).”

Evans, 42, who was born in Wales, is never shy of flaunting his toned physique on Instagram. A recent work trip to Australia, to film the mini-series Nine Perfect Strangers, provided plenty of opportunity for beach shots.


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This is not the first time Evans has marked Pride Month. Last June, he posted photos (since deleted) with his then-boyfriend, Argentinean-born art director Rafa Olarra. The two men split up late in 2020.

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Last December, Evans said speculation about his sexuality – and accusations that he was keeping his private life a secret over the years – had frustrated him.

“What was strange was that when people did find out that I was gay, there was a lot of articles and stuff written saying that I was hiding it, and I wasn’t,” he told Attitude. “I just wanted to get online and I wanted to pick up the phone and say, ‘Do you realize I left home at 16 because I was gay?’ I went into the world as a kid, because I had to.

“I am proud and happy, and I’ve lived a very big life that I’m super happy with. And I’ve never been ashamed. And now all of a sudden I was being treated in this way and it was a scary moment because I was, like, oh God, this is horrible. This is not true. None of this is true.”

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