Paddington and Marry Poppins Returns star, Ben Whishaw announced this week that he attended therapy to understand his sexuality. Whishaw says therapy also helped him to open up to his family about the emotional struggle he experienced prior to coming out, according to Contact Music.
“I don’t think it’s the be-all and end-all, and since revealing my sexuality I haven’t had any negative effects,” he said. But he added that he had initially struggled with his sexuality in his early twenties.
Ben Whishaw has a civil partnership with composer Mark Bradshaw. The two have been official partners since 2012. Prior to coming out as gay to the public, Whishaw admitted he struggled with the fact he was gay. He also admitted that he could not figure out how to tell his family.
What he went through his whole life
Whishaw publicly admitted that he battled with his sexuality. He started hating himself when he was in his 20s. Initially, he did not want to admit that he was gay, nor did he want to tell his family. However, keeping such a large secret from his family made him feel terrible. It brought him to the point where he could hardly stand himself. That’s why he went to therapy.
Whishaw was seeking help coming to terms with his sexuality. He was also trying to obtain the courage to explain his situation to his family.
“There was a moment in my early twenties when I did not feel very good about myself,” he said. “It was to do with my sexuality and not knowing how to be myself and hating myself. I did know (my sexuality), I just couldn’t tell anyone.”
Although Whishaw didn’t go in-depth about what happened in the therapy sessions, he added: “It really did help.”
From very long, Wishaw maintained a distance from media to discuss his personal life. He said that he was worried that if media would get to know about his sexuality then it would affect his career in a negative way. But he mentioned that he felt quite relieved after coming out in public and it has not affected his career at all.
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