Survivor star comes out as gay in deleted scene

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Survivor star Romeo Escobar has come out as gay in a newly-released deleted scene.

In an emotional moment, Romeo opened up to the Kula Kula tribe after 17 days, admitting he wasn't planning on hiding his sexuality, but he felt like he was back at school again, trying to hide who he really is and fit in with everyone else.

After coming out earlier to Hai Giang, Romeo then asked the rest of the tribe if he could share something with them.

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Photo credit: CBS

"I didn't come into Survivor with the intention of hiding my sexuality," he told the group, "but I was put in a tribe with one of the most macho men out here, with Rocksroy, so I just didn't say anything. But now, moving forward, I wanted to get rid of that baggage."

"Coming out here to Survivor for me, it took me back to high school and college, where I had to hide who I really was. In high school, I had to fit in, and the way I would fit in and not be picked on was to date a cheerleader. And then when I got to college, I was like, 'Okay I have to fit in again. I want to be a part of it.' So I joined a fraternity. And I did that. And I felt like, 'Now I fit in…'"

Photo credit: CBS
Photo credit: CBS

He continued: "It wasn't until after college that I said, 'Screw it, now I'm going to be me.' And coming to Survivor, I kind of reflected on myself, like why for so many years I wasn't myself was because I was scared that when I was my true self, that people weren't going to love me anymore."

The clip shows the whole tribe giving him all their support during the emotional moment, with Romeo adding afterward that he hopes that his coming out could inspire someone "to not be afraid anymore".

Survivor airs in the US on CBS.

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