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Raymond Gutierrez recalls "dark phase of self-destruction" when he was hiding his sexual orientation

by Arniel C. Serato
Aug 3, 2021
Raymond Gutierrez on those who are struggling with facing their true identity: "I want to encourage those who feel alone that it’s never too late to love yourself, acknowledge those feelings and face your fears—because it feels damn good to be on the other side."
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: @mond on Instagram

Matapos ang pag-aming siya ay gay, ibinahagi ni Raymond Gutierrez ang pinagdaanan noong itinago pa niya ang kanyang totoong sexual orientation.

Sa pamamagitan ng Instagram post noong nakaraang Linggo, August 1, inamin ni Raymond na miyembro siya ng LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual) community.

Kasunod nito ay inihayag niya ang pakiramdam na itago ang kanyang pagkatao noon lalo na't lumaki siya sa mata ng publiko.

Saad ng 37-year-old star, “I was never not out. I never denied who I was. I just never shared my story publicly until now.

“Growing up, it took a while for me to face my true identity, and figuring it out wasn’t easy.

“I went through a long period of time hating myself because society taught me that being different wasn’t the right path, especially for someone growing up in the public eye.”

Umabot daw sa puntong may mabigat siyang pinagdaanan noon, na alam niya ay hindi maganda sa kanyang kalusugan, pero pilit niyang ginawa upang makalimutan pansamantala ang realidad ng buhay.

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Ani Raymond, “I went through a dark phase of self destruction - creating unhealthy habits to have some sort of escape so I didn’t have to face my reality.

“I kept things to myself because I was scared to bring shame to my family, and didn’t know how others would treat me.”

Nagpasalamat naman siya sa mga taong malapit sa kanya na nagbigay ng suporta at hindi siya hinusgahan.

Saad niya: “I’m thankful to those close to me - my friends and family for giving me the confidence to embrace myself fully without judgement.

“I consider myself lucky because some people don’t have a support system they can run to. Which is exactly why I’m sharing my story now.

“Because if there’s one thing I learned this past year and a half is that life is fleeting.”

“SEXUALITY SHOULDN’T DEFINE WHO YOU ARE”

Nagbigay naman si Raymond ng lakas ng loob sa mga taong may kahalintulad na pinagdaanan niya noong nakakubli pa siya sa dilim

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Saad niya, “I want to encourage those who feel alone that it’s never too late to love yourself, acknowledge those feelings and face your fears—because it feels damn good to be on the other side.

“Sexuality shouldn’t define who you are and it should never hinder your greatness.

"For me personally, being in touch with my masculine and feminine side allowed me to push boundaries creatively and create magic with the projects I do."

Sa mga taong nagsasabing “alam na namin noon pa” ang kanyang pagkatao, iginiit ni Raymond na hindi biro ang dinanas niyang hirap at sakripisyo noon.

“So to those saying ‘we knew’, you never knew my story and my struggles.

“And if you’re reading this and you feel like you’re alone, I want to let you know that I went through the same things - you will be loved, your feelings are valid, and those who truly love you will stick around [heart emoji].”

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Raymond Gutierrez on those who are struggling with facing their true identity: "I want to encourage those who feel alone that it’s never too late to love yourself, acknowledge those feelings and face your fears—because it feels damn good to be on the other side."
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: @mond on Instagram
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