Naked Hugh Sheridan on being cancelled and mental health woes

Naked Hugh Sheridan on being cancelled and mental health woes
Naked Hugh Sheridan on being cancelled and mental health woes

Hugh Sheridan has stripped down to nothing more than a slinky silk robe for Good Weekend magazine.

The racy photoshoot was part of a lengthy interview with the 36-year-old, who opened up about being 'cancelled' by transgender activists last year.

Posting the cover image to Instagram, Hugh also shared a lengthy caption about his mental health battle. 

Baring all: Hugh Sheridan has stripped down to nothing more than a slinky satin robe for Good Weekend magazine

Baring all: Hugh Sheridan has stripped down to nothing more than a slinky satin robe for Good Weekend magazine

'Mental Health is just one part of a brilliantly lived life. I will continue to be open and talk about, normalize and focus on the awareness of my own and others in turn,' he wrote.

'In case you glanced at the photo and thought this piece was about Hedwig, it’s not, it’s about mental health. Finding "health" within the process of humans cancelling other humans without notice or question of their individual needs, feelings or pursuits.'

He apologised to his friends and followers for not opening up sooner about how 'dark a time' he had last year after being cancelled. 

In the article, Hugh revealed that he was driven to suicide after being targeted by transgender activists, which led to him being severely trolled online.  

Open: The racy photoshoot was part of a lengthy interview with the 36-year-old, who opened up about being 'cancelled' by transgender activists last year

Open: The racy photoshoot was part of a lengthy interview with the 36-year-old, who opened up about being 'cancelled' by transgender activists last year

The backlash started after the Packed to the Rafter star accepted the lead role in the musical stage play, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The story centers around Hedwig, a genderqueer punk singer from Germany who falls in love with an American soldier.

Hedwig undergoes sex reassignment surgery to become a woman and flee to the US with their lover, but the surgery is botched and the soldier heads back home alone. 

The musical, which was developed into a 2001 film, has gained a cult following over the years and has been played on Broadway and in London's West End.

Trolled: Hugh revealed that he was driven to suicide after being targeted by transgender activists last year over his casting in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Trolled: Hugh revealed that he was driven to suicide after being targeted by transgender activists last year over his casting in Hedwig and the Angry Inch 

When Hugh was announced for the lead role for the Sydney version early last year, he was immediately met with backlash from members of the LGBTQI+ community, who demanded that the role go to a transgender actor.

Four transgender activists had organised an open letter demanding he be dropped from the musical, which resulted in the actor being trolled on social media with 'horrific messages'.

The letter, which was signed by more than 1700 people, said that Sheridan's casting was 'offensive and damaging to the trans community' and was causing 'genuine stress' to members of the trans community.

The letter gained so much media attention that Hedwig's American creators, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, issued a statement that Hedwig was not transgender and that anybody could play the role.

Cancelled: The actor, 36, also slammed cancel culture while discussing the ordeal after transgender activists had the musical canned last year

Cancelled: The actor, 36, also slammed cancel culture while discussing the ordeal after transgender activists had the musical canned last year

However, it wasn't enough to quell the backlash, with the musical's Australian producers eventually siding with the activists and cancelling the show altogether. 

The cancellation led to the entire cast and crew, which included a trans woman and indigenous

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