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
“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
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