Stephen Amell Congratulates Colton Haynes On Coming Out: “I’m Excited For Him”

The "TMNT" star has nothing but love for his fellow on-screen hero.

Stephen Amell has nothing but love for his Arrow co-star Colton Haynes, who came out as gay earlier this month.

Talking to E!, Amell recounted how he had recently been pressured to out Haynes.

“A fan three or four months ago at a Comic-Con basically tried to bait me into outing him. I got in touch with [Colton] and was like, ‘Hey, man, this happened [and] I didn’t know what to say. I simply deflected and we moved on.’”

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Amell says Haynes emailed back to say “I really appreciate that and I’ve recently made some decisions over the past few months and I’m excited about what’s in the future.’”

“I’m excited for him, too,” he added.
 

 
Since that conversation, Haynes confirmed he was gay in an Entertainment Weekly interview, and spoke openly about his struggle with anxiety.

“I’ve seen him struggle with anxiety and that’s why he… well it was certainly one of the reasons why, he left Teen Wolf and he left Arrow. When he came back to Arrow this year simply for an episode, it was such a different version of Colton. He and I bonded more. I’m very very happy for him,” said Amell.

The actor, currently starring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, revealed Haynes and he joke with each other on social media.

“He sent me a very funny text message yesterday for National Send a Nude Day… He enjoyed it and so did I,” Amell continued.

“It might have been Colton and I engaged in some after-hours Arrow cave activity with our heads Photoshopped on other bodies. I’ll leave it at that.”

We would pay good money to see that image, Photoshopped or not.

Below, watch Amell as hockey-stick-wielding Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, in theaters now.
 

 

h/t: Just Jared

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