Alan Cumming never felt shame about being bisexual - even as a teenager

Alan Cumming never felt shame about being bisexual - even as a teenager

Bisexual actor Alan Cumming had a rough time growing up but not because of his sexuality.

The Tony winner reveals in a new memoir that he and his mother and brother suffered for years living with a physically and emotionally abusive father.

So when it came time for sorting out his sexuality, Cumming realized even as a teen that he was attracted emotionally and physically to both men and women.

'Yeah I mean I've always been bisexual,' Cumming said on Larry King Now this week. 'I had a boyfriend before I was married (to a woman) and I've always sort of felt I was bisexual.

'Amazingly, in a funny way, I never had any shame about sexuality - I just never did. I never felt it as wrong. I felt at certain times it was going to be difficult because people weren't very receptive to it but I never felt it was something wrong with me.'

The 49-year-old Scottish star believes the world has progressed regarding sexuality but says bisexuals are still somewhat misunderstood.

'There's been kind of a fad where people think bisexual means he's gay but just not comfortable with it yet. Or you're just, you know, a whore.'

Cumming married husband Grant Shaffer in 2007. He had previously been married to Hilary Lyon from 1985–1993.

This has been reposted from Gay Star News.