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Hugh Sheridan's Packed To The Rafters co-star Rebecca Gibney has praised the actor for his heartfelt coming out essay over the weekend.
The 35-year-old star revealed in Sunday's Stellar magazine that he isn't straight, but doesn't place a label on his sexuality and he'd come to accept his attraction to both men and women.
Veteran actress Rebecca said she was proud of Hugh for 'speaking [his] truth'.
Rebecca Gibney (right) has praised actor Hugh Sheridan (left) for 'speaking his truth' after penning a heartfelt coming out essay to reveal his attraction to both men and women
'He loves "humans", not their gender, or race, or religion. He speaks love because that is what he is,' Rebecca, 55, wrote on Instagram.
Rebecca first met Hugh 13 years ago when the actor was just starting out with his TV career in his early 20s.
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'I’ve loved this boy from the moment I met him. He is one of the most joyful, open hearted empathetic souls I have ever met and I couldn’t be more proud of his wonderful essay in the latest Stellar magazine where he talks about society’s need to label and how he has never fit any of the labels that were given to him,' she said.
Sharing photographs of the pair together over the past decade, Rebecca added: 'As Hugh rightly states "labels are for clothes not people" and if you’re still figuring out who you then that’s ok because that is pretty much all of us. Hugh, I’m so blessed to call you my friend.'
'I’ve loved this boy from the moment I met him': Rebecca first met Hugh 13 years ago when the actor was just starting his TV career in his early 20s on Packed To The Rafters
'I couldn’t be more proud': Rebecca agreed with Hugh's views that society’s need to label was outdated and it's okay if people are still figuring out who they are
Hugh revealed in his essay for Stellar that he isn't straight, but doesn't place a label on his sexuality.
He explained that after taking time to reflect while in lockdown, he'd come to accept his attraction to both men and women.
Hugh wanted to make it clear he was 'never ashamed' of his sexuality, but that 'some people are working things out slower than others'.
'There must be a lot more people out there who feel how I feel – like the words still don't fit. Maybe this is also my way of letting people know that I'm still single, and everyone is on the smorgasbord!' he added.
Coming out: The Packed to the Rafters star revealed in an essay for Stellar on Sunday that he isn't straight, but doesn't place a label on his sexuality
No labels required: Hugh, 35, told The Daily Telegraph he was surprised by the number of people who identified with the fact he'd chosen not to go by a particular label
Hugh also revealed that he'd been advised to hide his sexuality for the sake of his acting career.
'Figuring out that I connected with the same sex the way I did the opposite sex was almost a relief, so that advice was confusing,' he said.
Hugh has been linked to several high-profile women in the past, including Delta Goodrem, his co-star on House Husbands in 2016.
Likewise, there was talk about Hugh's close friendship with Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson, but it appears they were just friends.
Just pals: Hugh has been linked to several high-profile women in the past, including Delta Goodrem, his co-star on House Husbands in 2016, and Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson (left)
On Tuesday, the Logie Award-winning actor revealed he had been 'completely overwhelmed' with messages of support on social media since coming out.
'I'm slowly responding [to DMs], but some are very emotional. It's quite a lot to take in so soon after opening up,' he said.
He also told The Daily Telegraph he was surprised by the number of people who identified with the fact he'd chosen not to go by a particular label.
'I'm just surprised how many people are feeling the same and I'm glad they know they're not alone; in turn I know I'm not either.'
Positivity: Hugh said on Tuesday that he'd been 'completely overwhelmed' with messages of support on social media since revealing his sexuality
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