American actor Kevin McHale has opened up about his sexual orientation. 

The star – who’s best known for his role as Artie in Glee – sat with journalist Marc Malkin during a Facebook Live on Thursday (10 May) and discussed the reaction to his coming out.

Last week, Kevin confirmed his sexuality for the first time when he tweeted his love for Ariana Grande’s massive new single, No Tears Left To Cry.

“#NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT. Ty @ArianaGrande,” Kevin tweeted.

In his interview, he told Malkin: “Twenty-four hours goes by, and all of a sudden I get a barrage of tweets and people being like, ‘Oh my god, congrats! Welcome!’ I’m like, ‘What happened?’

“I was freaking out. I was like, something happened that I do not know about. And then I saw that it was the tweet. People were like, ‘Oh, you just came out.’ I was like, did I? I was like, would anyone choose to come out in a tweet about an Ariana Grande song?”

He continued: “If somebody was a big fan and following everything I was doing [on social media], like the people I interact with on Twitter on a daily basis, I think there was zero surprise. People knew.

“The organizations I’ve been supporting and all that sort of work has been apparent, at least to me. I’ve always supported LGBT organizations and things like that because I felt like I had a vested interest in this where I wanted to help out.”

Kevin also said he kept his relationship with American actor Austin McKenzie private because he wanted to protect him, and confirmed the reason as to why he wasn’t publicly out during his time on Glee.

“The person I was with came from the most accepting family, but one of the family members, he was terrified of them finding out,” he revealed.

Watch the full interview below: