The Flash and Vampire Diaries star comes out as gay

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The Flash and Vampire Diaries star Rick Cosnett has come out as gay in a touching Instagram video.

The actor, who played Detective Eddie Thawne on The Flash and Doctor Wes Maxfield on The Vampire Diaries, took to the social media site on Friday (February 14) to share a short message with his followers, explaining that he needs to “live my truth.”

The Flash and Vampire Diaries star comes out as gay

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Cosnett begins the video with a “dramatic pause”, before plainly stating: “I’m gay.”

He continued: “I just wanted everyone to know because I made a promise to myself to live my truth everyday.

“Sometimes, that is a really hard thing to do when you have all these subconscious things you don’t even know about, from childhood and from society and from being, you know, just life.

“I’m sure most of you probably knew anyway, and that’s actually all I wanted to say.”

The Flash and Vampire Diaries star comes out as gay

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He finished by joking: “I also have a stye on my eye, which really adds to the whole drama of the whole thing.”

The actor received an outpouring of support from his followers, with fellow Flash star Candice Pattom commenting: “You’re one of the good ones. Love [you].”

Whilst one of his fans wrote a heartfelt message: “I can’t imagine the strength it took to post this. Thank you for sharing your truth! I hope this video touches that person who feels alone in this world.”

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As well as starring in The Flash and Vampire Diaries, Cosnett is also known for playing the role of Elias Harper in the crime series Quantico.

The Flash airs on Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW in the US. Sky One and NOW TV air the show in the UK.


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