In a new interview with Tamron Hall, his first after going through a public scandal that involved drugs and accusations of infidelity, Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum has come out as bisexual.
“You didn’t ask the question, you put it out there of whether I identify as gay. The answer is I don’t identify as gay but I do identify as bisexual,” he said in the interview, which functioned as the season 2 debut of Hall’s show. “And that is something that I’ve never shared publicly before.”
Former Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum tells Tamron Hall he's bisexual: "That is something I have never shared publicly before" pic.twitter.com/prUW7NPk1C— The Recount (@therecount) September 14, 2020
In March, Gillum was found in a hotel room where there had been a drug overdose. According to police reports he was found vomiting in the room while another man was passed out. At the time Gillum denied using any drugs and said he had “too much to drink.” Days later he said in a statement that after his race for governor he “fell into a depression that has lead to alcohol abuse.” He committed to rehab.
Gillum is married to his wife R. Jai Gillum and previously served as mayor of Tallahassee. Throughout his career he has been a vocal in fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and equality.
“So many people just don’t understand bisexuality,” R. Jai said in the joint interview. “Bisexuality is just something different. I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum. All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make.” One tweet says R. Jai also said she knew that Andrew was bisexual when they married.
Bisexual+ Awareness Week, which was co-founded by GLAAD, begins Wednesday.