“I no longer want to project a curated life.”

Colton Haynes has shared an important message with his fans on Instagram.

The American actor – who’s best known for roles in shows such as American Horror Story, Arrow and Teen Wolf – opened up about his issues with mental health and anxiety with past photos of himself in hospital.

“Throwback. I don’t want worrying about if I look hot or not on Instagram to be my legacy,” he began. “I don’t want to skirt around the truth to please other people or to gain economic success.”

Although he’s very thankful to do what he loves, he admitted: “I have far more important things to say than what magazine I just shot for or what tv show I’m a part of. I no longer want to project a curated life.

“I get immense joy when someone comes up to me & says that my willingness to open up about depression, anxiety, alcoholism, & addiction has helped them in some way. I’ve struggled the past year with trying to find my voice and where I fit in & that has been the most beautiful struggle I’ve ever had to go through.”


Colton’s had enough of wondering what time to post on social media so he can “maximize” his likes, “or being mad at myself that I don’t look the same way I did when I was addicted to pills is a complete waste of why I was put on this earth.”

He continued: “I’m posting these photos to let y’all in on my truth. I’m so grateful to be where I am now ( a year after these photos were taken) but man these times were dark. I’m a human being with flaws just like you.

“If ur in the middle of the dark times… I promise you it doesn’t have to last forever. Love y’all.”

His post was flooded with support from fellow celebrities. Brittany Snow commented, “This is beautiful. Love you,” while Lisa Rinna wrote: “Love you so much! Couldn’t love you more. Brave, Kind and the Real Deal you are my friend.”

“I’m so proud of you,” said Serena Williams.

Related: Colton Haynes says Hollywood “is a very odd place” for the LGBTQ community.