Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, the son and probable heir of the Maharajah of Rajpipla in Gujarat, India says he realized that he was gay after a disastrous marriage.

The 50-year-old Manvendra first talked about his sexuality in 2007 as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Manvendra's marriage only lasted a year and he claims it was never consummated.

“When I was around 12 or 13, I realized I wasn't attracted towards the opposite sex. I was attracted to the same sex,” Manvendra says in a 17-minute video for the LGBT group Come Out Loud. “Why is this attraction happening? I wasn't clear about it because I did not have communication with anyone.”

“It was a very confusing state.”

After coming out, Manvendra was disowned by his family. After some time – during which he traveled and shared his story – his parents had a change of heart.

“We're all human beings,” he said. “We should be treated equally and be given the rights which we have been denied. All we expect from society is love. Gay rights cannot just be won in the courtroom, but also in the hearts and minds of the people we live with.”