WATCH: Andrew Gillum To Tamron Hall: 'I Don't Identify As Gay, But I Do Identify As Bisexual'
In what is certain to be a bombshell interview to kick off the second season of the Tamron Hall Show, former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, is confirming his bisexuality publicly for the first time since the infamous night in a Miami Beach hotel room in March that effectively halted his political aspirations. Leaked photos captured Gillum naked and unconscious on the bathroom floor along with drugs and a male escort inside the adjoining room.
“You didn't ask the question, you put it out there of whether I identify as gay. The answer is I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual. And that is something that I’ve never shared publicly before," said Gillum during the interview with Hall.
“Love and sexuality sits on a spectrum,” R. Jai told Hall. “All I care about is what’s between us.”
During Hall’s show on Monday, Gillum’s wife said what was most important to her in this moment.
“Those people who love us and care about us and wish us well — no matter what did happen — that is the energy we need and receive,” she said.
Gillum told Hall that he “revealed this to [his wife] so many years ago.”
When Hall asked him if he felt like a weight had been lifted off his back by making the revelation about his sexuality, he aid he has “mixed emotions” but that he feels “more whole.”
When Gillum was asked if he still has political ambitions, the former mayor of Tallahassee didn’t rule it out.
“Maybe it will be,” he said while also admitting that he understood his life could also take a completely different course.
Hall then turned to the topic of “the photo,” a reference to the image of Gillum lying naked and unconscious in his own vomit that went viral in the days after the hotel incident.
Offering a nervous chuckle, Gillum said he was stunned by the photo. when he learned about it after enrolling himself in a rehab facility.
“That picture was a whole other story because I didn’t know that picture was out there,” he said.
Gillum said he “cried every day” he was in rehab.
Gillum also used the interview as an opportunity to set the record straight on other aspects of the hotel incident, including “the rumors” -of drugs, a tryst and a threesome.
“All of those things are untrue,” he said, adding that his drug test upon arriving at rehab “came back completely clean.”
He said it was only “the grace that I received from my wife” that got him through rehab.
You can watch the Gillum's on The Tamron Hall Show on Monday, Sep. 14 at 3 EST/2 CST.