In a cover interview with gay glossy Out, actor Colton Haynes talks about coming out and his father's suicide.

Best known for his roles as Jackson Whittemore in MTV's Teen Wolf and Roy Harper/Arsenal in The CW's Arrow, Haynes, 28, didn't refute rumors in January that he might have come out gay. In May, he officially came out.

Haynes told Out that he told his family and classmates that he's gay at the age of 14 and that he was advised to keep closeted in Hollywood.

“I feel really bad that I had to lie for so long,” Haynes said. “But I was told that was the only way I was going to be successful. When you're young in this industry, people take advantage of you, and they literally tell you that your dreams are going to come true. If you believe that, you'll do anything. And you do believe it, especially if you're from Kansas.”

Haynes said that he ran away once for three weeks when he was a teenager. During that time, his father swallowed 40 oxycodone pills, killing himself.

“I'm the last person in the world who would say, 'Oh, my dad – pity me.' But I was told that my dad killed himself because he found out I was gay,” Haynes said.

“So, of course, I lost it and was like, 'How could you say something like that?' And no one will ever really know the truth. But my brother and my mom went to pick up my dad’s stuff, and the only picture on his fridge was my eighth-grade graduation picture. So I was just like, Fuck,” he added.

Haynes returns to television in the second season of Scream Queens.