Magic Mike's Matt Bomer Talks About Being Out as Gay: What Brought Him to Tears?

Marc Malkin (E! Online)
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June 26, 2012
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Matt Bomer doesn’t like talking about his private life.

And even if the White Collar star did publicly acknowledge he was gay earlier this year, he’s not about to start spilling anytime soon.

“I never really endeavored to hide anything,” Bomer, 34, told me this weekend while promoting his new movie, Magic Mike. “But there were times I chose not to relegate my history to the back page of a magazine, which to me is sort of akin to putting your biography on a bathroom wall.”

Not that he dismisses the importance of being an out actor.

“I had somebody from the military approach me a few weeks ago just saying how this helps people, affects people,” Bomer said. “It brought me to tears.”

I go so far as to suggest that he could be saving young gay people’s lives. “I hope so,” he said. “They need saving, certainly in this day and age as much as ever—no matter how much we think we’ve progressed.”