By Anna Peirano
Actor Matt Bomer, star of USA’s series “White Collar,” has officially come out of the closet after years of evading questions about his sexuality.
Bomer thanked his partner, Simon Hall, and their three children as he accepted an honor at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Saturday.
“I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry,” said the 34-year-old actor. “Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.”
Partner Simon Hall is a publicist with Slate PR who represents names like Ryan Murphy, creator of “Glee,” and actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Bomer’s sexuality was more or less known in Hollywood, but the actor had never stated or confirmed that he was gay. In a January 2010 issue of Details magazine, when asked about his personal life, he said, “”I have a network and a show riding on my shoulders. I would say a big difference between my character and me is that I can be too trusting. And I’ve realized in this business, that’s not necessarily the smartest thing to be. I definitely have a thing or two to learn from the con artists.”
Bomer will continue in his role on “White Collar” and has a number of new roles in the year ahead, including a guest spot on “Glee” as Blaine Anderson’s older brother, and a role in Ryan Murphy’s screen adaptation of the Tony-winning HIV/AIDS drama “The Normal Heart.”