“Arrow” and “Teen Wolf” star Colton Haynes struggled with anxiety and it led him to step away from the limelight. Now he’s back and is the happiest and healthiest he’s ever been in his entire life.

Actor Colton Haynes has publicly announced he’s gay, Entertainment Weekly wrote. Although his family, friends, and co-workers were already aware of this fact, the actor held back the truth from his audience in light of his public image. The stigma towards an LGBT identity in Hollywood was another factor, the publication added.

“People want you to be that GQ image that you put out, but people don’t realise what it’s like to act 24 hours a day. I’d go home and I was still acting,” Haynes told EW. “People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don’t realise that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world,” Haynes added.

Colton Haynes shot to stardom as Jackson Whittemore on “Teen Wolf.” He also starred as Roy Harper aka Arsenal on “Arrow.” However, he stepped away from both coveted roles for health reasons. At only 27 years old, Haynes has an ulcer and bouts with terminal anxiety that when coupled with public pressure becomes a “potent mix,” the publication noted.

On his break from the spotlight, Haynes stayed visible on social media. However, his time away from television proved to be more stressful. HollywoodLife recalled a fan posting in January that referenced his “secret gay past.” His response created a media frenzy. “Was it a secret? Let’s all just enjoy life & have no regrets :)”

At the time, Haynes was too scared to admit he was gay. He revealed he wasn’t ready then to come out. As a result, he sought help for his anxiety.

“I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet. But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said,” Haynes revealed.

Yet after all that, Colton Haynes emerged with an intense energy and positivity to bounce back. Teen Vogue applauded the actor’s decision to be true to himself and hopes other would be encouraged by his choice to “live more authentically.”