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Paul Iacono Is Gay: 'Hard Times of RJ Berger' Star Comes Out To Michael Musto

Posted: 04/11/2012 2:05 pm Updated: 04/11/2012 2:08 pm

Paul Iacono

Paul Iacono, the young actor best known for his role in MTV's "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," has come out of the closet.

The 23-year-old actor revealed all in a new interview with the Village Voice's Michael Musto. When Musto asked him if he was openly gay, Iacono replied, "Yes. I'm rolling with the punches here. I was asked if I was comfortable doing gay press. I said 'Of course.' I didn't think I'd be coming out. But why not now? I think it's the right time to say something."

Though "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" was cancelled last year, Iacono will soon be seen in another MTV series, "Kenzie's Scale," which he described as "a radical young 'Will & Grace.'"

"It's about a high school sweetheart couple who move to New York for college. He has this gay awakening when they get there. So they continue living together more as friends than lovers," Iacono, who also starred in the 2009 remake of "Fame," said. "I believe that in 100 years, none of us will be having to identify ourselves as gay, straight, bi, or otherwise. Sexuality will be a more fluid thing."

Of gay characters on TV, he noted, "It's great that we have Chris Colfer, but we need more characters. I'm happy to be that person so kids won't have to grow up and be afraid of their sexuality and this won't be an issue."

Read Iacono's full interview with Musto here.

Take a look at other celebrities who've come out as LGBT below:

Jonathan Knight, 2011
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The New Kids On The Block singer was out-ed by fellow '80s teen pop star Tiffany in January 2011 when she revealed she dated Knight before "he became gay later."

In response, Knight posted a message on his website stating in part:
"I have never been outed by anyone but myself! I did so almost twenty years ago. I never know that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB! I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay!"

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