Coming clean. Gay bachelor Robert Sepúlveda Jr., star of Logo’s Finding Prince Charming, dropped by Us Weekly’s NYC offices Tuesday, August 30, and defended his past as a male escort.
“Well, everyone is worthy of love,” the handsome interior designer, 33, told Us. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in your past, escorting or anything else.”
He added: “I think that a real Prince Charming is someone who has life experience in all aspects of life, that isn’t afraid of someone with HIV or someone who doesn’t care what you’ve done in your past.” (As the show’s host, Lance Bass, revealed earlier this week, one of the 13 suitors vying for Sepúlveda Jr.’s heart is HIV-positive.)
The reality TV newbie says he felt comfortable telling the contestants about his former career. “It’s part of my past and these guys were open with me about their past, some talk about HIV, about whatever that’s happened in their past,” Sepúlveda Jr. explained. “They were honest and open with me about their past, so I felt like I couldn’t stand before them and not be open about my past.”
After several reports alleged that the Puerto Rican–born hunk was once a sex worker, he confirmed that he did indeed used to be a male escort on the now-defunct, primarily-sexual social networking site RentBoy.com 10 years ago.
“The past is the past. I was young and it helped through college,” he told The Huffington Post Tuesday. “But what I want people to focus on is who I am today as an entrepreneur, as an activist. I started a nonprofit and, you know, focusing on the show. That’s really what I want people to focus on.”
A dramatic trailer for Finding Prince Charming (which you can watch above) was released August 25. The explosive clip shows a wide range of emotions and a whole lot of tears, fighting and steamy makeout sessions. “I’m here to find the love of my life — I’m here to find my partner, and I know that love is very close,” Sepúlveda Jr. says in the preview.
With his X-rated history off his chiseled chest, the LGBTQ activist is looking forward to the future — which includes finding Mr. Right and starting a family.
“I’m ready to start a life, have kids in the future, and I didn’t want to be 35, 36 and then be 40 and not have a relationship that I’ve invested a few years into a relationship,” he shared with Us Tuesday. “… This is amazing! This will help me get my mind off everything that’s happened and go meet 13 amazing guys.”
Finding Prince Charming premieres on Logo Thursday, September 8, at 9 p.m. ET.