“I’m so happy for Colton,” Stephen said in an interview with E! News. “A fan three or four months ago at a Comic-Con convention basically tried to bait me into outing him. I got in touch with [Colton] and was like, ‘Hey, man, this happened [and] I didn’t know what to say. I simply deflected and we moved on.’…He emailed me back and said, ‘You know, I really appreciate that and I’ve recently made some decisions over the past few months and I’m excited about what’s in the future.’ I’m excited for him, too.”
Colton has been open with his struggle with anxiety and how it has affected his work in the past.
“I’ve seen him struggle with anxiety and that’s why he, well certainly one of the reasons why, he left Teen Wolf and he left Arrow. When he came back to Arrow this year simply for an episode, it was such a different version of Colton. He and I bonded more. I’m very very happy for him,” Stephen added.
“He sent me a very funny text message yesterday for National Send a Nude day…He enjoyed it and so did I,” Stephen continued. “It might have been Colton and I engaged in some after hours Arrow cave activity with our heads Photoshopped on other bodies. I’ll leave it at that.”
“I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything,” Colton said about the rumors. “But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said.”
Colton said hiding his identity added to his struggle with anxiety.
“People want you to be that GQ image that you put out, but people don’t realize what it’s like to act 24 hours a day. I’d go home and I was still acting,” Colton said. “People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don’t realize that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world.”
The 27-year-old actor, who stars on The CW’s Arrow, posted the photo to celebrate a big milestone on Instagram – reaching 4 million followers!
“So happy to make more art with @thetylershields. Today I hit 4 Million followers on Instagram. I want to take a moment to express my gratitude & love to all of you who’ve continued to support me,” Colton captioned the picture.
“I know I can be odd & come off a bit weird sometimes but honestly…my career & life didn’t actually start flourishing until the day I decided to listen to my own instincts and do what I want to do/be myself and not mask that,” Colton added. “I’m not going to conform to what people think is normal…and neither should any of you. That’s so freakin boring haha. Be weird. Be yourself cause at the end of the day…that’s honestly all that matters. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, & magical person that you are. Sending love to all of you :).”
After the event, Colton took to his Instagram to share how much he enjoyed the event.
“Honestly had the best time playing tennis with @bryanbros yesterday at @DesertSmash . Thx to everyone who donated & helped raise money for @stjude ! :) I can now say I’m a pro tennis player and no one can take that away from me or tell me otherwise…I have proof!!!” he wrote.
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Jake Robinson smiles for the camera while sitting front row at the Joseph Abboud fashion show held during New York Fashion Week Men’s Fall/Winter 2016 at Skylight at Clarkson Sq on Tuesday (February 2) in New York City.
The Odyssey actor sat alongside Bravo host Andy Cohen.
The 27-year-old actor swaps outfits with his 24-year-old Arrow co-star in the shoot, which features Emily smoking cigars and Colton donning a wig and lipstick.
“They made it very easy because they were not afraid to give me everything they had,” Tyler told the mag about the duo’s chemistry during the shoot. “With Colton and Emily it was perfect. You could really feel they knew each other and trusted each other, and that was amazing.”
Tyler said the photos were inspired by gender norms in the 1950s, adding, “I think it speaks a lot to the time we are in right now as androgyny is a two-way street.”
The 27-year-old Arrow star talks about how the highest-paid female model apparently make 95% more than the highest-paid male model, not “realizing” that’s an exception to the workforce as a whole.
“I’m not just a model and an actor, I’m a person who cares about stuff other than the way I look,” Colton says. “Men earning less than women, but doing the same work? How long has this been going on? Do other male models know about this?”