Matt Bomer Says His Parents Went 'Radio Silence' On Him 6 Months After Coming Out Gay

By Amanda Moore, Parent Herald May 04, 04:00 am
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Matt Bomer's conservative and religious parents did not talk to him for six months after he wrote a letter telling them he's gay. PICTURED: Bomer arrives at the premiere of Regency Enterprises' "In Time" on October 20, 2011 in Westwood, California.
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Matt Bomer, 39, struggled with telling his family about his sexuality. Growing up in a traditionally conservative southern household, "The Last Tycoon" actor said his parents gave him "radio silence" for six months after he told them he's gay.

In a piece on Out Magazine, Bomer said he told his parents of his real identity by way of a letter as he couldn't do it in person. He sent the letter while he was already working on stage as an actor, away from his Missouri hometown.

"There was radio silence for a long, long time, at least six months," Bomer said. "And then I came home and we had the blow up that I'd always feared," he added.

His family, however, eventually figured how to work things out but getting there wasn't easy. "It's a struggle for anybody to take their paradigms and set of beliefs and understandings and completely flip the script," Bomer said.

With their issues set aside, Bomer said his mother now invites him and his husband, publicist Simon Halls, to give talks to women's group. The couple has been married since 2011 and they have three boys via surrogacy -- Walker, 11, and twins, Henry and Kit, 8.

Bomer, who is one of Hollywood's best-dressed men, told People his boys are slowly learning to develop their sense of style. "They always surprise us," the dad said. "Little hints of style, like the way they roll up their sleeves or roll up their short-sleeved button down shirts, or how they roll their pants or wear their pants."

When the actor was first starting out in Hollywood, his didn't tell the public and his adoring fans of his sexuality until 2012. As his kids have gotten older, however, Bomer said he's glad the world knows his true identity.

His family and home life always take precedence over anything. "Now it's a small part of a day that also includes a drop-off at school in the morning and baseball practice and a lot of other things," he told ABC News in 2014. Watch Matt Bomer eagerly talk about his sons in the video below.

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