Once the darling of the Democratic Party, Andrew Gillum’s public fall from grace was downright shocking! But now, months after his surprising hotel room encounter, the former Tallahassee mayor is opening up to Tamron Hall about what lead to that fateful night.
In March, over a year after losing in the Florida governor’s race, Gillum was caught by police in a Miami hotel room intoxicated and with another man who was said to have overdosed. Shortly thereafter the 41-year-old politician checked into rehab to seek treatment for alcoholism and depression. Just two months ago, Gillum gave an update on his road to recovery, but still much of the story went untold…
On Monday, Andrew and his wife of 11 years, R. Jai Gillum broke their silence and gave their first interview to Tamron Hall where the politician shared very personal details of his life: “I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual,” Gillum told Hall. “That is something I’ve never shared publicly before.”
Mrs. Gilluma also shared that while the news may be surprising to some, it wasn’t to her since she had known prior to their marriage. “So many people just don’t understand bisexuality,” R. Jai said in the joint interview. “Bisexuality is just something different. I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum. All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make.”
And while Andrew didn’t go into details about the infamous night in Miami, he did say that a photo of him passed out naked in the hotel room that was published by a British tabloid left him feeling ashamed.
“When that photo came out, I didn’t recognize the person on the floor. That was not anything more than a person being at their most vulnerable state, unconscious, having given no consent, and someone decided to use a moment where I was literally lying in my own vomit.”
Regardless of how you feel about Gillum we’re glad to see he’s in a better place.