Philadelphia boxer Yusaf Mack who first claimed he was bisexual has come out as gay.
“I’m gay. I’m tired of holding it in,” he told Fox 29. “It is what it is. I live my life.”
Last week, Mack, 35, retracted accusations that producers lied to him about the nature of the porn film and slipped a drug into his drink.
In the same statement, he claimed to be bisexual.
In the new interview, though, Mack says he’s known he is gay for “about eight years” and calls the drug allegations ” a lie… to try to cover myself up.”
Mack says he was “down and out” when he agreed to shoot the film. “I asked friends, they wouldn’t help me, so I did what I had to do.”
He never thought anyone in his hometown would see the film, but when the news broke “I couldn’t hide it anymore.”
His anxiety lead to thoughts of suicide.
“I was hurt. Like to myself. Then I think about my children, like how am I gonna explain this to my children. I called a couple of my friends and told them ’I’m thinking about killing myself.'”
Mack said friends have been supportive, but his 23-year-old daughter hasn’t been so accepting.
“Kill yourself,” she responded, according to Mack, “You embarrass us.”
Mack says he threw the phone down when she told him that. “All I could say was, ‘You’re right.’”
But he seems to be on the road to self-acceptance. “You don’t like me or love me, regardless I’m still me. When you see me on the streets, I’m still Yusaf Mack.”