Model and social media influencer Reece King has opened up about his sexuality in an exclusive interview with Gay Times Magazine.
With over 558,000 Instagram followers, King's private life has been questioned throughout his career.
"I realised that whatever I said, it became a distraction," he explained. "Anything I did or posted online, people would just ask about who I’m interested in, so I just built up this defence of saying 'that’s not important.'"
King is finally ready to open up: "It really isn’t important, so now I just say 'yeah, I am bisexual.'"
King says it took him a while to feel comfortable coming out because of biphobia, even in the fashion industry. He was allegedly fired from a brand for appearing "too femme."
"I think the more confident I became with who I am, anything that I put my mind to, I was always my best self. I don’t know why, but I feel like in modelling and on social media, I know that when I’m just being myself, I’m always well respected."
King is finally living his life without fear. "I think a lot more creative LGBTQ people have taken the limelight, especially on social media. We see them on mood boards at shoots for inspiration. If people just keep doing their thing unapologetically, it breaks down the barriers in more homophobic environments."