A former Geordie Shore star has revealed he’s now in love with a man and had been ‘hiding his real self’ for years.
Grant Coulson, 31, first appeared on the hit MTV reality show in 2014 before returning in 2018. And, like many of the stars during the show’s heyday, he spent his time sleeping with women for entertainment.
But now, for the first time, Coulson has opened up about being gay and keeping his sexuality secret while on the show.
Coulson, who says he bedded at least 30 women during his time on the show, has fallen for a man named Scott and hopes to marry him one day.
“I think now I just feel more comfortable with who I am. For years I hid the real me and now I am finally happy, I feel like everyone needs to know the real me. I feel like I have been hiding myself for such a long period of time, it just a bit of a weight lifted off my shoulders.
“I think I have known for years but more people are more open to it now. It’s not the 1800s, no one’s really bothered anymore.”
Coulson said he chose to keep it secret when he was younger because he didn’t want it to ruin his chances with reality TV, despite finding the experience “uncomfortable”.
“When I was doing TV shows I didn’t want anyone to know back then because I feel like it would have ruined the opportunity,” he said.
“It was a bit like you were in character because on Geordie Shore, you are around these alpha males who go out every night pulling lasses basically.
“And that’s the kind of people they wanted on the show at the time, yeah. So I had to go along with that, it wasn’t who I was but for so long I had to pretend to be that kind of thing.”
However, he knew he had to be true to his feelings at some stage and stepped away from the spotlight.
At his lowest, as he struggled with his secret and “beat himself up”, Coulson was hospitalised and put on anxiety medication.
It’s only been in recent months that he has felt ready to come out and credits his new man for the support.
“I 100 per cent wouldn’t be talking about it. It’s only because I have found someone I am comfortable with, who is exactly the same as me. He just brings out the best in me and I bring out the best in him,” he said.
“He moved in and we have some big plans in the next couple of months. We have a dog together, called Hugo, so it’s going well.
“I feel like he is the one, I have definitely settled down. I hope marriage is on the cards.”
Grant has now told his closest family members and a few of his fellow Geordie Shore stars, including Chloe Ferry, who he had a fling with and Natalie Phillips.
“I wanted (my family) to find out without physically saying the words ‘I’m gay’. I wanted them to find out I am now with a boy, and this is who I am. I still can’t really say those words – I find it difficult – but now I am happy, I feel like I probably could,” he said.
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