Tim Gunn, Project Runway's demanding but lovable celebrity judge, says he accepted that he was gay while attending the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C.

The 60-year-old Gunn, who has previously said that he grew up in a homophobic household and that he attempted to commit suicide over his sexuality, made his comments in an interview with CNN's New Day.

“Tell me about 17-year-old Tim,” the interviewer asked.

“Desperately unhappy. It was just painful and I didn't see hope. I didn't see a future for me, certainly nothing appealing. And there was a very serious intervention. I was hospitalized for a long time. I resisted at every single bit of help people were giving me.”

“When were you convinced that it was okay to live your truth?”

“It was during my experience as an art student,” Gunn answered. “When you study art and design, if you're doing it well, you're delving into the depths of who you are. And that can be very painful but it's also very revelatory.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)