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Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey Says He Felt Pressure to Hide His Sexuality Due to Fear It'd Affect His Career

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Jonathan Bailey is opening up about his time in the entertainment industry. In an interview with GQ Hype, the 33-year-old actor revealed he used to feel pressure to hide his sexuality because he was afraid it’d affect his acting career. Click inside to read more… Jonathan, who came out to his friends and family in his early 20s, recalled some advice a fellow actor he knew was once given. “At the time he was told ‘There’s two things we don’t want to know: if you’re an alcoholic or if you’re gay,’” he told the mag.

He continued, “All it takes is for one of those people in that position of power to say that, and it ripples through. So, yeah, of course I thought that.

Of course I thought that in order to be happy, I needed to be straight.” But after a while, the Bridgerton star said that he decided he didn’t want the advice to govern his life. “I reached a point where I thought, f–k this, I’d much prefer to hold my boyfriend’s hand in public or be able to put my own face picture on Tinder and not be so concerned about that, than getting a part,” he said. Jonathan, who plays a charming womanizer on the Netflix show, added that he’s not the sort of person to talk about his status as a sex symbol. “Any actor who thinks they’re a sex symbol?

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