Andrew Gillum, the former Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, revealed in an interview with Tamron Hall on Monday that he identifies as bisexual. Gillum tells Tamron, “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, and that is something that I have never shared publicly before.” In an interview on the Tamron Hall Show, Gillum and his wife, R. Jai Gillum, sat down with the host and talked about the incident in February in which he was found drunk by responding police officers in a Miami hotel along with a man who had been suspected of overdosing on crystal meth.
After pictures of the incident were made public, Gillum made the announcement to go to rehab. As pictures were circulating, people made speculations about his alleged drug use and sexuality. Gillum said in the interview, “Everyone believes the absolute worst about that day. At this stage, I don’t have anything else to have to conceal. I literally got broken down to my most bare place, to the place where I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to live. Not because of what I had done but because of everything that was being said about me.”
R. Jai, believes it was part of a depression from him losing the governor race last year. His actions appeared to be a cry for help rather than reckless behavior.