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Antoni Porowski says he never set out to become a sex symbol

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In an new interview with GQ Hype, Antoni Porowski opens up about everything from his identity to becoming a “sex symbol” as he promotes his new cookbook Antoni In The Kitchen.

When asked exactly how he identifies–whether he’s queer, fluid, or something else–Porowski hesitates.

“I don’t really know and I kind of like not knowing,” he says, adding that he has dated men for several years, but that he’s been in more actual relationships with women, and so he wants to be sensitive to both.

“I feel like if I do refer to myself as gay, which would make it easier for people to understand sometimes, I feel like it dishonors women that I’ve been in love with.”

While on the subject of labels, one that has frequently been associated with Porowski is “sex symbol,” which he says caught him by surprise at first.

“I did not think that I was going to be objectified as a 34-year-old male,” he confesses. “That usually happens for guys in their twenties.”

But he wants people to know that, while he may be easy on the eyes, he’s also very intelligent.

“I used to do this thing where any opportunity I’d remind somebody that I have an educational background,” he says.

“I went to university, I’m not an idiot, I read a ton of books. I’ve kind of calmed down on that a little because I think with physical appearance it’s always assumed that you’re a dumb ass.”

As for those thirsty selfies he’s constantly posting to Instagram, Porowski says he does that as a reminder to himself not to take things so seriously all the time.

“I think it’s a reminder to enjoy myself in the process, because I take myself really seriously,” he says, adding that the show has taught him to “let my guard down and lean into all the weird shit that I like.”

While you’re here, scroll down for some more recent pics from Porowski’s Instagram page…

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