Evan Rachel Wood Opens Up About Bisexuality, Feelings of Suicide at Human Rights Campaign Gala
By Jennifer Drysdale
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Evan Rachel Wood is getting candid about her bisexuality.
The Westworld star spoke out about her sexuality -- and her feelings of suicide -- at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala on Saturday, where she was honored with the HRC Visibility Award.
Wood, who shares a son with ex-husband Jamie Bell, and is currently engaged to Zach Villa, her partner in the musical duo Rebel and a Basketcase, described herself as a "tomboy from Raleigh," who "thought women were beautiful."
"I thought women were beautiful," the 29-year-old actress declared, stating that her attraction to the same sex started at age 12. "But because I was born that way, I never once stopped to think that was strange or anything to fear."
Throughout her life, however, Wood admitted she "buried" her feelings as a result of the anti-gay hate speech that surrounded her, confused by her attraction to men. "I also thought that men were beautiful," she added.
"There was a time, despite what it may have looked like on the surface, that the fear had gripped me so tight, and I felt broken and unlovable. And I did not think I would see tomorrow," said Wood, who revealed her bisexuality on Twitter in 2012.
"But because of the voices I listened to, because of the people I identified with, the films I had watched, the music I had heard, because of words like 'bisexual' and the doors that it opened, I’m still here," she continued. "And I didn't miss out on the most beautiful thing I've seen yet, and that was my son."