Chandler Massey's Will Horton on the long-running daytime soap Days of Our Lives is preparing to come out gay.

The 21-year-old Massey joined the cast of the NBC soap in February, 2010. He previously appeared in minor roles on One Tree Hill, Eastbound & Down and Army Wives. He was nominated for an Emmy last year for playing Horton on Days of Our Lives.

Last summer, Days of Our Lives introduced its first gay character, Sonny Kiriakis (played by Freddie Smith, 90210).

On the show's website, Horton's Current Story description reads: “Will copes with the possibility of being gay, putting a strain on his relationship with Gaby.”

In statements released to Entertainment Weekly, the actor and the network confirmed that Horton is gay.

“I'm thrilled to be able to portray my character in an empowering way that will show his struggle to accept who he is,” Massey said in a statement. “It is my hope that this storyline will inspire others to be true to themselves as well.”

Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng added that Horton's storyline will unfold over the course of the next few weeks.