“I was never in.”
Those were the words of Reid Ewing in response to a fan who asked him on Twitter if he just “outed himself.”
The Modern Family star, who recently revealed his past struggles with body dysmorphia and cosmetic surgery, has confirmed that he’s gay.
@MichaelJMapes I was never in
— Reid Ewing (@media_reid) November 21, 2015
The 27-year-old actor made a few comments on Twitter that casually revealed he was gay, but seemed disappointed when his sexuality was gaining more traction with news outlets than his emotional Huffington Post piece entitled, I Underwent Cosmetic Surgery for My Body Dysmorphia… And I Wish I Hadn’t.
“Writes a cosmetic surgery article, people care more that I’m gay…” he tweeted on Monday. (Nov. 23)
Writes a cosmetic surgery article, people care more that I’m gay.. pic.twitter.com/pwwTebw6qM
— Reid Ewing (@media_reid) November 23, 2015
Reid detailed his struggles with plastic surgery that began when he was only 19 years old. “I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt,” he wrote. However, after many surgeries he realized he was in way over his head.
“For the next couple of years, I would get several more procedures with two other doctors. Each procedure would cause a new problem that I would have to fix with another procedure,” he said.
Years later, Reid hopes to raise awareness for those with body dysmorphia, who need mental help instead of a cosmetic surgery to solve their problems. “Plastic surgery is not always a bad thing. It often helps people who actually need it for serious cases, but it’s a horrible hobby, and it will eat away at you until you have lost all self-esteem and joy. I wish I could go back and undo all the surgeries. Now I can see that I was fine to begin with and didn’t need the surgeries after all.”