Actor Tyler Blackburn came out as bisexual earlier this year. Now, in a wide ranging interview with Playboy, the Roswell star is opening up about his amazing new boyfriend, feeling “very sexual,” and his coming out journey.
Throughout his teens and early 20s, Blackburn says he only ever dated women, though he occasionally “experimented” with men.
It wasn’t until he was 26 that he decided to “actively embrace my bisexuality and start dating men, or at least open myself up to the idea.” But it was a challenge.
“I had to really be patient with myself–and more so with men,” the 32-year-old recalls. “Certain things are much easier with women, just anatomically, and there’s a freedom in that.”
Then, of course, there was social pressure that often comes with identifying as bisexual.
“Once I decided to date men, I was like, ‘Please just let me be gay and be okay with that, because it would be a lot f*cking easier’,” Blackburn says.
He continues: “At times, bisexuality feels like a big gray zone. I’ve had to check myself and say, I know how I felt when I was in love with women and when I slept with women. That was true and real. Don’t discredit that, because you’re feeding into what other people think about bisexuality.”
Today, Blackburn says he’s dating an “amazing guy,” though he stopped just short of mentioning the guy’s name or how they met.
He did make a point to note that the sex is pretty incredible, however.
“As I got older, I realized good sex is when you really have something between the two of you,” Blackburn says. “It’s not just a body. The more I’ve realized that, the more able I am to be settled in my sexuality.”
“I’m freer in my sexuality now. I’m very sexual; it’s a beautiful aspect of life.”
Playboy’s “Gender & Sexuality” issue hits newsstands next week.
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Thank you @playboy for including me in your Gender and Sexuality issue, on newsstands June 18th. Having a platform to talk so freely about very personal topics is cathartic and I appreciate feeling safe to discuss sexuality and the on going journey I’m on in owning my identity. Also thank you to every one who is mentioned in this article, who has supported me and helped me in many ways on this road- I hold you close to my heart. ??