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Ellen Page: It was 'toxic' hiding my sexuality

Ellen Page: It was 'toxic' hiding my sexuality

Ellen Page found it "toxic" hiding her sexuality.

The 'Freeheld' star - who is currently dating Samantha Thomas - insists she is much happier since revealing publicly she is gay and no longer feels "guilty" for the LGBT community.

She shared: "I was just done. It's so toxic to just be hiding. It becomes so consuming without you even knowing it's consuming you. You become so complacent in this reality you create.

"It's like a bucket, and it's filling up and filing up and filling up - and finally it just spills over. And I felt guilty for not being out for the LGBT community. I was like, 'Dude, just say you're gay.'"

The 28-year-old actress came out during the Human Rights Foundation's Time to THRIVE conference last year and says she chose that opportunity as she wanted to "do it and not make it seem about myself".

She added to American Way magazine: "For me, it was a great opportunity to be honest, to share certain elements of the pain that I went through.

"The reality is, there are very few young people out as actors, so I was hoping to speak to a lot of the issues so it wouldn't just seem like, 'Hey, look, I'm gay.'"