Andrew Gillum is telling his truth to Tamron Hall.
The former Democratic nominee for Florida governor was seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party until earlier this year, when police found him drunk and passed out in a South Beach hotel room with two other men. The cops had been called for a suspected overdose.
“Inside of the hotel room, officers observed in plain sight three small clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth on both the bed and floor,” the police report said, according to The Daily Beast.
“While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines,” Gillum said in a statement at the time. “I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”
Gillum checked into rehab for alcohol abuse and has now emerged to give his first public interview since the incident. In the Season 2 premiere for her talk show, Hall sat down with Gillum and his wife, R. Jai, to discuss what led to that debaucherous evening in the hotel room, and what his life has been like since.
“To be very honest with you, when you didn’t ask the question, you put it out there is whether or not I identify as gay. And the answer is I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual,” Gillum told Hall in the sit-down interview. “That is something I’ve never shared publicly before.”
Former Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum tells Tamron Hall he's bisexual: "That is something I have never shared publicly before" pic.twitter.com/prUW7NPk1C
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During the conversation, R. Jai explained that “so many people don’t understand bisexuality. Bisexuality is just something different. I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum. All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make.” She also noted that she knew of Gillum’s sexual orientation before they were married.
“Bisexuality in and of itself doesn’t lead to unfaithfulness,” Gillum said. “There are men who are in marriages with women who just because they’re married to a woman doesn’t mean they’re not attracted to other women, and at any point can slip up, make a mistake, do something, and that is what it is. The same thing in bisexual relationships.”
“You can be attracted to both, you got a bigger terrain out there that you have to contend with, but you can still choose to be physically with one person,” he added. Gillum also told Hall he did not have sexual relations with either of the men found in the hotel room with him.
In November 2018, Gillum narrowly lost the Florida gubernatorial race to Republican Ron DeSantis.
Watch his full tell-all interview with Hall below.