Two months after Pretty Little Liars star Tyler Blackburn came out as bisexual, he has done his first interview with Playboy.
In it, fans finally get some clarity on his and co-star Ashley Benson's rumoured romantic relationship.
Tyler claims that the pair "never officially dated," but that "in navigating our relationship—as co-workers but also as friends—sometimes the lines blurred a little. We had periods when we felt more for each other, but ultimately we’re good buds. For the most part, those rumors made us laugh. But then sometimes we’d be like, ‘Did someone see us hugging the other night?’ She was a huge part of a huge change in my life, so I’ll always hold her dear.”
In the "Gender and Sexuality" issue, he explained how he shared his bisexuality with some members of the PLL cast.
In fact, while he was still on the show Tyler entered his first serious relationship with a man... however he felt that he couldn't share the news with everyone. This eventually caused him to "go into a little bit of a shell."
Tyler doesn't want to take away from his past relationships with women either, now that he identifies as queer.
"Once I decided to date men, I was like, 'Please just let me be gay and be okay with that because it would be a lot f*cking easier,'" he said. "At times, bisexuality feels like a big gray zone. I’ve had to check myself and say, 'I know how I felt when I was in love with women and when I slept with women. That was true and real. Don’t discredit that, because you’re feeding into what other people think about bisexuality.'"
Tyler decided to come out to the public in an interview with The Advocate. At the time, he said, "I'm queer. I've identified as bisexual since a teenager. I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart.”
We couldn't be more proud!
As for Ashley, she has never publically come out to address her sexuality, but it has been long rumoured that she is in a relationship with model Cara Delevingne.
Recently, the pair were spotted giggling as they carried a VERY NSFW sex bench into their apartment.
Living your best life honey.