After being caught in a hotel room, naked, with a male escort and piles of drugs, the man who almost became Governor of Florida has come out as “bisexual.”
Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., came out as bisexual in an interview with Tamron Hall on Monday.
Driving the news: “I don’t identify as gay. I identify as bisexual. I’ve never shared that publicly before,” Gillum, who was once considered a rising star in the Democratic party after his Florida gubernatorial run in 2018, told Hall.
Background: In March, Gillum was found deeply inebriated in a Florida motel room with two men, one of whom was identified as a male escort suffering a drug overdose. Gillum later issued a statement saying he planned to withdraw from public life and deal with alcoholism.
“Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse,” he said. “I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles.”
Gillum lost the incredibly close Florida governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis by less than half a percentage point and was widely seen as an up-and-coming political star prior to his withdrawal from public life.
R. Jai Gillum, Gillum’s wife, told Hall that she viewed sexuality as something that exists on a spectrum. “All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make,” she told Hall.
Former Democrat rising star Andrew Gillum has finally crawled out of his hole to discuss the scandal involving crystal meth and a male escort.
Gillum recently took to Instagram, where he posted a video discussing the shame he faced from that night, as well as the shocking photo taken of him lying naked in a pool of his own vomit.
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In an 11-minute Instagram post, Gillum described the shame he endured after he was found drunk in a Miami Beach hotel room with a man, Travis Dyson, who had been suspected of overdosing on crystal meth. According to local news reports, Dyson worked as a gay porn actor and advertised himself as a male escort.
The March incident led to Gillum withdrawing from public life, shutting down a promising career that led him to a close run for the Florida governorship. He later announced he was entering a rehabilitation facility and starting therapy for depression.
Gillum’s Instagram post focused on his own personal growth since the incident rocked Florida Democratic politics. Gillum expressed remorse for what he did, acknowledging that it was normal to feel “guilty for the harm you have caused someone. That’s how you know you’re human. That’s how you know you’re not a sociopath.”
But Gillum said the public shame of the incident had weighed heavily on him, calling it something “completely different” that “cuts you.”
It’s crazy to think this man was that close to becoming governor of Florida.
Clearly the Democrats don’t do too much vetting for their “rising stars.”
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