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05/11/2018 04:40 pm ET Updated May 12, 2018

Kevin McHale: 'I Think There Was Zero Surprise' When I Came Out

The “Glee” star said “people knew” he was gay before his viral Ariana Grande tweet.

Kevin McHale raised more than a few eyebrows last month when he declared in a tweet that Ariana Grande’s new single, “No Tears Left to Cry,” was “gayer than me.”  

Media outlets were quick to interpret the tweet as his coming out moment. In a new interview, McHale — who starred in “Glee” and “When We Rise” — said the remark did reflect his identity as a gay man but that his friends, family members and many fans already knew. 

“If somebody was a big fan and following everything I was doing [on social media], like the people I interact with on Twitter on a daily basis, I think there was zero surprise,” he told entertainment journalist Marc Malkin in a Facebook Live chat Thursday. “People knew. The organizations I’ve been supporting and all that sort of work has been apparent, at least to me.” 

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McHale said he kept quiet about his sexuality in the media during his years on “Glee” because he was in a relationship at the time. 

“The person I was with came from the most accepting family,” McHale said. “But one of the family members, he was terrified of them finding out. So I was trying to be respectful of that.” 

These days, he’s in a relationship with his “When We Rise” co-star Austin McKenzie. The two have been dating for a little over a year and haven’t been shy about sharing cozy photos with each other on their Instagram accounts. 

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Interestingly, McHale said he now worries that his “No Tears Left to Cry” tweet ― which received over 12,000 likes as of Friday afternoon ― was “disrespectful,” given that its lyrics seem to address the terrorist attack at Grande’s Manchester, England, concert in May 2017. 

Still, he added, “better out than not. I’m like, great — that takes care of that.”

He also confirmed reports that he’s back in the recording studio, working on tunes of his own. 

“It’s a long process,” he said, “but I do think music will be out soon.”

Watch Kevin McHale’s full interview with Marc Malkin below. 

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