‘I had to be completely honest’: Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace reveals why he chose to come out as gay
Published: 23:51 EDT, 12 July 2019 | Updated: 23:51 EDT, 12 July 2019
He’s one of the most popular stars from Netflix‘s sitcom Fuller House.
And on Friday, Juan Pablo Di Pace spoke candidly to News Corp Australia about why he decided to be ‘completely honest’ and talk publicly about being gay.
The 39-year-old, who opened up to students of the United World College in the Netherlands in March, revealed he was bullied for his sexuality while growing up.
Completely honest! Juan Pablo Di Pace has revealed why he decided to talk publicly about being gay
‘I spent years perfecting myself to become a very convincing little actor …I was desperate to fit in,’ Juan said in his speech, which was uploaded to YouTube.
‘Acceptance was my fuel, and when that is the case, like an addict, you do whatever it takes to get a fix,’ he said. ‘I figured, if I changed my f**king self, I could be in.’
Juan confessed when given the opportunity to speak, he didn’t want to waste the opportunity by talking about his career and instead chose ‘to be honest’.
Painful childhood: Juan opened up to students of the United World College in the Netherlands in March and revealed he was bullied for his sexuality while growing up
He described how he would never have become the artist he is today if he hadn’t endured years or painful torment and bullying as a child.
‘I became an artist as a reaction to the bullying, to make something out of myself, and to “show them”,’ he said.
The 39-year-old described how ‘the gay thing’ could be a metaphor for any disparaging remark or slur people hurl at others.
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He said people are ostracised for a range of issues, whether it’s for their culture, ethnicity, weight, religion or identity.
Juan also stressed there isn’t one person on the planet who has it easy, but it’s up to us how we choose to deal with the cards we’ve been dealt.
He also made reference to people’s internal voice, which he said tells people they’re not good enough, and is often their biggest critic.
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Hurt people hurt others, so you can only start to heal when you choose to accept yourself exactly as you are and stop the cycle, he said.
While the 39-year-old only came out publicly recently, those closest to him have known for some time.
He said his Fuller House co-stars, which he describes as a second family, have been overwhelmingly supportive about his decision to talk publicly about being gay.
Juan said while Hollywood is definitely more accepting of gay people these days, he remains hopeful the world will follow suit.
‘I look forward to a time when we can truly and honestly celebrate how different we are, and thankfully we are getting closer and closer to that time,’ he said.
Lead by example: Juan described how ‘the gay thing’ could be a metaphor for any disparaging remark or slur people hurl at others