Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has come out as bisexual.
In an interview with Tamron Hall, Gillum, who was also the mayor of Tallahassee from 2014-2018, said:
“I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual. And that is something that I have never shared publicly before.”
Former Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum tells Tamron Hall he's bisexual: "That is something I have never shared publicly before" pic.twitter.com/prUW7NPk1C
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The interview is Gillum’s first since checking himself into rehab after being found by police in a Miami hotel room with a male escort who appeared to have OD’ed on crystal meth.
Gillum denied using meth himself, but said the incident was “a wake-up call for me,” adding:
“Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated.
“I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person.”
He gave an even more candid account of the struggles he faced following the election in a video released in July:
“I didn’t want to talk emotionally or really deeply about what had happened in the race for governor because it was a constant reminder of failure and my own personal failures. It was a reminder that I had let so many people down. All the things I wanted to suppress and numb and forget about, that depression around what I was experiencing there became far too much for me to keep down. And that’s the real crazy thing about depression. A lot of time we think we’re dealing with it, we’re strong and we’ll put on a brave face and it bubbles up on the inside but eventually what bubbles up on the inside is going to come out.”
He added: “Don’t be like me. Don’t suffer in silence. Get access to the help that you need.”
Gillum lost the 2018 governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis by less than one percentage point.