Colton Haynes Fires Back after Noah Galvin Issues an Apology for His Controversial Comments about Coming Out

For Noah Galvin, it’s never too late to say sorry.

The Real O’Neals star, who is openly gay, took to Twitter on Thursday, offering a lengthy apology to Colton Haynes, Bryan Singer and anyone else offended by his recent interview with Vulture about coming out in Hollywood.

— Noah Galvin (@Noahegalvin) June 9, 2016

“The entire interview I gave to Vulture has hurt the LGBTQ community and the industry I feel truly fortunate to be a part of,” Galvin, 22, wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “My only intention was to try and empower and promote honesty, but I fully understand that comments I made were brazen and hurtful.”

Meanwhile Haynes – who was singled out by Galvin for the way in which he came out – has issued his own statement in response. The actor took to Instagram on Thursday calling Galvin’s comments “uncalled for and embarrassing.”

“Let me just clarify, I’ve never met this kid, so for him to judge me without even meeting & having no idea the struggles I’ve been through or where I come from is absolutely uncalled for and quite frankly embarrassing on his part,” Haynes wrote. “Since when is a three pg article in Entertainment Weekly not an appropriate way to come out? And since when did he become the judge of what’s appropriate.

“Shouldn’t we all be supporting each other? Enjoy all of your success. You’re young kid…hopefully you’ll eventually learn a thing or two. Good luck.”

In May, Arrow actor Haynes, 27, told Entertainment Weekly that he felt he “should have made a comment or statement,” after a Tumblr post referencing his “secret gay” past surfaced. Haynes coyly responded to the post with, “Was it a secret?”

Galvin, however, called Hayne’s comment “f—ing p—y bulls—t,” telling Vulture that it was a cop out and calling the CW star “The Worst.”

The young actor amended his interview, apologizing specifically to Haynes in his statement, as he recognized that there is no right or wrong way from someone to come out.

“To Colton Haynes and to the LGBTQ youth, especially those who have embraced our show, I have no right to dictate how or when anybody comes out of the closet,” Galvin continued. “I know how difficult and scary the process of coming out can be, and the last thing I would ever want to do is make it scarier. For anyone.”

Another point of tension mentioned in Galvin’s apology was his criticism of Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet, who he accused of “playing a caricature of a caricature of a stereotype of a stereotype” concerning his role as gay Cameron Tucker.

— Noah Galvin (@Noahegalvin) June 9, 2016

“Lastly, as I said in the interview, I think Eric Stonestreet is a wonderful actor. I apologize to everyone that I’ve hurt with my comments and understand the damage has been done,” he wrote on Tuesday. “I am new to this and will certainly commit to being more thoughtful and wiser as I navigate all of this moving forward.”

In a separate statement, also posted on Tuesday, Galvin apologized to openly gay director Bryan Singer for accusations – now removed from a recent interview with New York Magazine – about Singer’s pool parties.

“I sincerely apologize to Bryan Singer for the horrible statement I made about him in the interview I gave New York Magazine. My comments were false and unwarranted,” Galvin wrote. “It was irresponsible and stupid for me to make those allegations against Bryan, and I deeply regret doing so.”

Of the three men Galvin has apologized to, Haynes is the only one to respond.

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