Alex Diaz is a Filipino-Scottish actor and model who lives in Manila. Last month, he came out as bisexual to his 580,000 Instagram followers after a man claiming to be an “online fitness coach” shared screenshots of a private Instagram message he received from the actor.
In the conversation, 25-year-old Diaz asked the man if he “accepted indecent proposals.” When the man said no, Diaz apologized then asked him not to share their conversation. But in an act of deliberate cruelty, the man leaked the conversation anyway, effectively forcing Diaz out of the closet.
Now, the identity of the “online fitness coach” has been revealed.
Miguel Lagman Chanco shared the private chat between himself and Diaz despite being begged not to, but he says he feels really, really bad about it now.
Speaking to the online gossip blog Pep, Chanco says he has since reached out to Diaz to apologize.
“I have reached out to Alex Diaz and apologized to him. He graciously accepted, and I am so thankful for that.”
It was kind of Diaz to accept Chanco’s apology, but that doesn’t make any of this right or even OK. The guy is still a total jerk.
Chanco then issued a blanket apology to the entire LGBTQ community for engaging in a vicious homophobic act that has often been used to inflict pain and ruin the lives of innocent people.
“I’d like to extend my apologies to the whole LGBTQ community and to everyone who was affected,” he said. “It was an incident that I regret.”
“Looking forward, I hope our respective work can continue to empower people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.”
Since being outed, Diaz has kept a relatively low profile, going on an extended trip to Canada to “reassess” and “take some time for myself.”