Married former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum came out as bisexual in an interview with Tamron Hall on Monday.
'You didn't ask the question but I don’t identify as gay. I identify as bisexual. I’ve never shared that publicly before,' Gillum, once considered a rising star of the Democratic party, said.
The bombshell admission came as part of Gillum's first interview since the ex Tallahassee mayor was found 'inebriated' in a South Beach hotel room in March, along with a male escort who overdosed on crystal meth.
Gillum's wife, R. Jai Howard, also spoke during the interview about her husband's struggles and her acceptance of his sexual identity.
The 41-year-old father-of-three entered a rehab facility to deal with alcohol abuse shortly after the incident and revealed to Hall that he has 'cried every day' since his sudden fall from grace.
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has spoken in a TV interview to address an incident in which he was found unconscious in a hotel
Gillum told Tamron Hall, pictured, that he was shown to be 'at his most vulnerable state' at the time of the incident
During the hour-long segment, Gillum revealed that his downward spiral first began after his close loss to Ron DeSantis in the 2018 Florida Governor's race, where he began drinking heavily - even putting whiskey in his morning coffee.
He reportedly refused direction from his wife to seek counselling for depression, and quickly his relations became strained with family members too.
'She barely can abide me, I barely can abide her,' Gillum said of his marriage at the time. 'Everything the kids do irritates me.'
In March, he went to Miami to attend a wedding with his wife, but ended up meeting up with escort Travis Dyson, who he described as a friend that he'd known for a matter of months.
Gillum said he had been drinking before meeting his Dyson and continued drinking in a room at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel with him before blacking out for three hours.
The next thing he remembered, he said, was waking up to be surrounded by police and being told Dyson had overdosed.
Police photos show Gillum unconscious and naked with Dyson surrounded by a slew of drugs, both prescription and illegal, inside the swanky $220-per-night hotel room.
Gillum denied he and Dyson shared a romantic or sexual relationship during the interview. He also previously denied taking any drugs, but admitted having 'too much to drink' at the time.
Hall asked Gillum why he was in the hotel room in the first place.
'I would say the reason why I went to that room was probably no different than how anybody might communicate with someone that they are in a friendship relationship whatever with. I understand very well what people assume about that.'
Gillum told Hall that part of his recovery process has been to get over the shame that he felt
Dyson describes himself as a trauma certified ER nurse on social media, where he posts photos of himself working out in the gym, partying at gay nightspots and lounging on luxury yachts
Dozens of white pills can be seen scattered on the floor and bedside table alongside empty containers of citalopram, an anti-anxiety medication, and gabapentin, which helps combat seizures and nerve pain, as well as an empty Corona beer bottle
Gillum also spoke candidly about the photographs revealing him in a compromising position.
'When that photo came out, I didn't recognize the person on the floor,' he said.
'That was not anything more than a person being at their most vulnerable state, unconscious, having given no consent, and someone decided to use a moment where I was literally lying in my own vomit.'
When officers arrived at the hotel, Gillum was so intoxicated he could not communicate, police said.
Cops found a substance in the room that appeared to by crystal methamphetamine, but Gillum was not charged with a crime.
A third man who was present, Aldo Mejias, 56, told officers that Gillum and Travis Dyson had been 'under the influence of an unknown substance', according to a police report obtained by DailyMail.com.
Dyson - DailyMail.com revealed - worked as a gay porn actor and advertised himself as a male escort. He was taken to hospital and later recovered.
Police arrived to find paramedics performing first aid on Dyson in the wake of 'a suspected drug overdose' and preparing to take him to the hospital
Plastic baggies of suspected crystal meth (pictured), empty beer bottles and prescription pills are seen scattered among trash and soiled bedding in shocking images
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