The former "Glee" star confirmed what he assumed everyone already knew this week in a Facebook Live video clarifying his sexuality.
"If you follow any of the social media things, I'm absolutely not hiding anything," McHale told Marc Malkin on Thursday. "If someone was a big fan and followed everything I was doing, I think there was zero percent surprise. The organizations I've been supporting, it's all been very apparent at least to me. I've always supported LGBT organizations and things like that because I felt like I had a vested interest in this where I wanted to help out."
"I don't think anything of it and then 24 hours goes by and all of a sudden I get a barrage of tweets and people being like 'Congrats,' 'Welcome' and I was like 'What happened?'" McHale explained about the tweet. "Then I saw it was the tweet, you just came out, I was like, 'Did I?' Would anyone choose to come out in a tweet about an Ariana Grande song? I guess it was eye opening for a number of reasons where I was like, 'Oh, people don't know.'"
"Also, 'Glee's' been over for 3 years, I haven't done much, so to myself I'm pretty irrelevant," he added. "All my friends, I got a text yesterday from a friend, Tyler Oakley, 'Congrats on coming out.' I guess I wasn't shouting it from the mountain tops but I never really hid it."
People have had assumptions about the actor's sexuality for awhile, but it was obvious after he posted pictures with his boyfriend fellow actor Austin McKenzie. One photo in particular showed them holding hands.
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McHale said he was still "trying to figure it all out for [himself]" during his "Glee" days, but now he is fully open about it.
"Why keep it a secret?" He told Malkin. "I do think that was a big part of it, I wanted to protect the person I was with. Even now, the boyfriend I'm with now, I even asked ...I posted a picture of us holding hands and I was going to post it, being sappy, but I was like, 'Do you care if I post this?' He was like, 'No.' Alright."
McHale and McKenzie have been dating a little over a year and a half, so marriage isn't the top priority. "I don't know about that," he said. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves."
Another thing McHale isn't sure about, is whether "Glee" should be revived.
"I don't know," he replied. "I don't think it would necessarily work as it was. Like, I don't think you should necessarily have me, somebody's who's able bodied playing ... nobody was really talking about that, there was very little pushback and now, the more you know, there are very capable people who could play that role. That's my personal experience. I miss it. I miss seeing everyone."