Andrew Gillum told Tamron Hall during an interview on Monday that he identifies as “bisexual.” The revelation came on the season premiere of “The Tamron Hall Show” during a line of questioning centered on an incident at a Miami Beach hotel in March when the former Florida gubernatorial candidate was found unconscious in a room with two other men, including one who overdosed from drugs.
“I don’t identify as gay,” he also told Hall.
Gillum’s wife, R. Jai Gillum, joined her husband on the talk show but was interviewed separately first. She spoke openly when Hall asked her about Gillum’s sexuality.
“Love and sexuality sits on a spectrum,” R. Jai told Hall. “All I care about is what’s between us.”
Gillum was once considered a rising star within the Democratic Party and even had President Barack Obama campaign for him ahead of the 2018 midterm election that he barely lost to current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
He frequently exchanged pointed barbs with Donald Trump on Twitter and endeared himself to the liberal political structure until that fateful early morning of March 13 when Gillum was found inebriated and unresponsive in a compromising position with two other men in a Miami Beach hotel room where a police report indicated there was suspected drug use. A series of graphic photos purportedly of Gillum from inside the hotel room showed drugs. Gillum quickly released a brief public statement apologizing and saying he had too much to drink before he voluntarily entered rehab days later.
During Hall’s show on Monday, Gillum’s wife said what was most important to her in this moment.
“Those people who love us and care about us and wish us well — no matter what did happen — that is the energy we need and receive,” she said.
Gillum told Hall that he “revealed this to [his wife] so many years ago.”
When Hall asked him if he felt like a weight had been lifted off his back by making the revelation about his sexuality, he aid he has “mixed emotions” but that he feels “more whole.”
When Gillum was asked if he still has political ambitions, the former mayor of Tallahassee didn’t rule it out.
“Maybe it will be,” he said while also admitting that he understood his life could also take a completely different course.
Hall then turned to the topic of “the photo,” a reference to the image of Gillum lying naked and unconscious in his own vomit that went viral in the days after the hotel incident.
Offering a nervous chuckle, Gillum said he was stunned by the photo. when he learned about it after enrolling himself in a rehab facility.
“That picture was a whole other story because I didn’t know that picture was out there,” he said.
Gillum said he “cried every day” he was in rehab.
Gillum also used the interview as an opportunity to set the record straight on other aspects of the hotel incident, including “the rumors” -of drugs, a tryst and a threesome.
“All of those things are untrue,” he said, adding that his drug test upon arriving at rehab “came back completely clean.”
He said it was only “the grace that I received from my wife” that got him through rehab.
This is a breaking news story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.
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