Former candidate for Florida governor Andrew Gillum announces his bisexuality

by Peter Heck · Sep 15th, 2020 10:20 am

Last Updated Sep 16th, 2020 at 3:12 pm

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has announced that he is bisexual on a syndicated talk show hosted by Tamron Hall. Gillum lost a close contest in 2018 to current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

"I don't identify as gay but I do identify as bisexual," Gillum announced. "And that is something that I have never shared publicly before."

The revelation about Gillum's sexuality comes after months of speculation following a bizarre incident in March where the former Mayor of Tallahassee was found unconscious and naked in a hotel room with a male escort and one other man. A photograph widely circulated at the time showed Gillum laying in a pool of his own vomit.

Gillum said that the incident had culminated from weeks of depression and drinking following his tightly contested defeat to DeSantis.

The 41-year-old Gillum is married with three young children. His wife, R. Jai Gillum told Hall that she was aware of her husband's sexuality, even before they wed more than a decade ago. She said that she does not "think it is anyone's business."

"I don't think it is fair for people who are not heterosexual, who are not assumed heterosexual that they should ever have to say or disclose what they are because of how judgmental people are," she said. "So many people just don't understand bisexuality. They think they can wrap their heads around gay, but bisexuality is just something different."

Despite baggies of what police suspect was crystal methamphetamine found in Gillum's hotel room that night, the Democrat politician says that he was drunk, but never used any drugs that weekend.


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