Out actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson said this week that he considers getting caught stealing gay porn at the age of 14 his coming out to his parents.

Ferguson, who plays Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC comedy hit Modern Family, revealed this in an interview with actress Aisha Taylor for her podcast Girl on Guy.

“Well, I was caught stealing gay porn when I was 14,” Ferguson answered when asked how his parents responded to his sexuality. “So, I always considered that my coming out. … It was so humiliating. I had been stealing porn for a while. I had quite a little collection.”

Ferguson said that when he was caught, the store called his father.

“She took to me to the back room. They brought my dad in, and they showed him the nature of the material I was stealing. And it was really, really humiliating. So I always considered that my coming out process.”

Ferguson said his father asked if he was gay.

“And I was, like, 14. I didn't really know. I didn't know what I was going through. But then in my later teen years, I did come out to him. And it was like he needed to be told three times. … [When I was 21] he asked me if I had a girlfriend at the time, and I was like, 'Dad! You know I'm gay, right?'”