Less than a week after announcing his retirement as a performer for the gay adult site Gayhoopla citing addiction issues, Collin Simpson has been banned by the webcam site Chaturbate after fans reported seeing him overdose or nearly overdose during a live broadcast.
Simpson, for his part, denies he took any mind-altering substance during his stream, but viewers, many of whom are rightfully worried for his mental and physical health, aren’t buying it.
Gay adult blog Str8UpGayPorn (link work-unfriendly) reports the 90-minute video was cut short after Simpson went off camera for a few minutes at around the 70-minute mark. Clinking sounds could then be heard, followed by three sets of lighter/inhale noises. Simpson then returned to face the camera looking unwell before exiting the frame again at which point the clinking and inhaling were audible again.
When he returned one final time for the 6 minutes before his stream was cut off, fans observed Simpson in a concerning state, speaking nonsensically, looking as if he was about to pass out, and scratching his body repeatedly.
Simpson’s account was promptly deleted after viewers reported the troubling incident to the hosting site.
On a Twitter post announcing the broadcast sent by Simpson before it began, fans started posting messages to check on his wellbeing.
“Bro…. ARE YOU OK?” wrote one. “I hope he’s able to go to a rehab center. He’s really struggling with this confluence of bad events…” wished another.
Simpson went on the defensive, replying to no fewer than 20 messages and denying he took anything. In one message he says the reason he went off-camera was to “help [his] roommate bring in groceries.”
“I wasn’t using drugs what are you talking about?!” he wrote in another reply. “I’m tired because I haven’t slept much since going to the detox facility but I wasn’t using drugs I’m completely sober!”
Several screenshots and clips have made the rounds that tell a different story, though we can’t fully confirm either side.
Substance abuse remains a huge issue in the gay adult industry, and we’ve seen far too many stories of performers dying of overdoses as young as their early 20s. And of course, the problem isn’t isolated to the industry — LGBTQ folks, in general, have a greater likelihood than non-LGBT persons of experiencing a substance use disorder.
If you live in the US and are struggling with drugs, the National Institue on Drug Abuse is a good place to start.