Love from Down Under: Hugh Sheridan Opens Up

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In an era of specialization, Hugh Sheridan remains defiantly and deliciously Renaissance. As a young man, the Australian heartthrob excelled at music, sports, and dance. Sheridan was a singer with the State Opera, he kept on his toes as both a football player and a student at the Australian Ballet School, and he earned a coveted scholarship to pursue his burgeoning acting career.

As it turns out, Hugh is equally versatile behind closed doors.

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How can anyone know who someone else is? This wasn’t foreign to me, so I thanked him, and assured him I was indeed happily working it out for myself. And even if I ever did find somewhere for myself that fit, I still wouldn’t tell him, as his personal business was none of mine nor mine his. But I also realised that if I never addressed these issues, if I maintained a silent protest, people would always think I had something to hide, or denying others that expression. In many ways I wish I didn’t even have to write this, but I feel a responsibility to others who might come after me. By sharing my story now, becoming more transparent maybe others who are private might be given a break? We might live and let them live as they wish. I believe labels are for clothes not for people. Even if a few people read this and relate then sharing this was worth the world to me. My advice to anyone still figuring it all out is not to worry, right where you are is enough. You don't need to know all the answers today, or even tomorrow. I may not know exactly who I am until I'm 80, that's totally fine with me. I had zero self confidence in my twenties and I hated what I saw from an early age. It’s not too late to go back and give love to yourself and try letting others know that they too are perfect just as they are. Today I declare “I am a human”, just like you, trying my best to navigate, grow and live through an ever changing world. I recognize more now than ever our pressing need to celebrate our common humanity, before we are male and female we are already human, born in a state of being. From this vantage point we can accept we are all the same yet honour our differences be it; ethnicity, gender, job, sexuality, religion, financial status. None of us are the same but I see more togetherness than separation when I look at you. Humans shift and evolve as the world around us does, that’s part of what makes us special. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in 2020 it’s to relinquish control, embrace the unknown. It can all be confusing, especially when we’re taught we need to know who we are, but life happens, hearts break, we grow and change again.

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Sheridan became a household name in the television series Packed to the Rafters, but his private life was far from the straight-laced narrative that unfurled on screen for several seasons. In a recent article with Stellar magazine, Hugh confesses that he has found love across the gender divide, falling for men and women at different stages in his life.

“I believe labels are for clothes, not for people,” argues Sheridan. “In many ways, I wish I didn’t have to write this, but I feel a responsibility to others who may come after me. By sharing my story now, and becoming more transparent, maybe I can help to give others who are private a break. We might live and let them live as they wish.”

Hugh is brimming with epiphanies after enduring a struggle with COVID-19 in September. The virus forced Sheridan to confront the fleeting, fragile nature of existence, so he decided to adopt a more open attitude towards his love life.

“I realised that if I never addressed these issues,” Hugh explains, “if I maintained a silent protest, then people would always think I had something to hide or was denying others that expression.”

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So now, Sheridan enjoys a transparent liberation, far from the trappings of definition, yet defined by an embrace of romantic possibilities. But don’t call it a coming-out story; instead, it is a call to action.

“Maybe this is also my way of letting people know that I’m still single,” flirts Hugh, “and everyone is on the smorgasbord.”

We can’t wait to dig in! See you on the other side of the beefy buffet, handsome.

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Last modified: October 22, 2020