Filipino-American TV Personality Mond Gutierrez Come Out as Gay

Monday August 2, 2021

Raymond Gutierrez
Raymond Gutierrez  (Source:Instagram)

American-born Filipino TV host, columnist, entrepreneur and occasional actor Mond Gutierrez has come out as gay in the August 2021 cover story for Mega Entertainment magazine.

"Raymond, the twin brother of actor Richard Gutierrez and son of celebrity couple Eddie Gutierrez and Anabelle Rama, added that he had to consider how his sexuality would affect his family's image," reports the website Rappler.

"Being part of a family that is in the public space — we're all entertainers for many generations already — I wasn't deciding on things just on my own. Things that I do will not only affect me, but will also affect my family. So, that was kind of like the burden that I was carrying."

In his IG post, he wrote: "I was never not out. I never denied who I was. I just never shared my story publicly until now.

"Growing up, it took a while for me to face my true identity, and figuring it out wasn't easy. I went through a long period of time hating myself because society taught me that being different wasn't the right path, especially for someone growing up in the public eye. I went through a dark phase of self destruction - creating unhealthy habits to have some sort of escape so I didn't have to face my reality. I kept things to myself because I was scared to bring shame to my family, and didn't know how others would treat me.

"I'm thankful to those close to me - my friends and family for giving me the confidence to embrace myself fully without judgment. I consider myself lucky because some people don't have a support system they can run to. Which is exactly why I'm sharing my story now. Because if there's one thing I learned this past year and a half is that life is fleeting. I want to encourage those who feel alone that it's never too late to love yourself, acknowledge those feelings and face your fears —- because it feels damn good to be on the other side.

"Sexuality shouldn't define who you are and it should never hinder your greatness. For me personally, being in touch with my masculine and feminine side allowed me to push boundaries creatively and create magic with the projects I do. So to those saying "we knew", you never knew my story and my struggles. And if you're reading this and you feel like you're alone, I want to let you know that I went through the same things - you will be loved, your feelings are valid, and those who truly love you will stick around." He ended with a heart emoji.

In the interview, he said that when he became a TV personality at 19, he realized being out was not a good career move. "(T)hat's when it really hit me that, 'Wow, being gay is really not accepted in a lot of these communities.'" He added that back then "being the new person on TV, I was bullied by a lot of the older people in the studios."

Overwhelmed by the experience, he became depressed and gained weight. "I really became self-destructive. I turned to alcohol, I turned to drinking, partying, and to food unhealthy habits—just because I had no way else to express myself." Professionally, though, he was an over-achiever, even replacing those older hosts who bullied him. "I ended up hosting and replacing them on their Sunday show. So, [chuckles] it felt a great sense of kind of like, 'Don't put me in a corner, don't push me aside because guess what? I can do a better job than you.' And it kind of empowered me, actually. The more that people belittled me and the more that people put me in a corner kind of made me stronger. And I was like, 'You know what, I'm gonna be the best TV host there is,' and I tried and I won at the end."

And as he grew older, he realized "the best thing that you can really offer your family is to be yourself. So drop the cloak, drop the act; just be yourself. And again, I'm lucky just because my family wants nothing but the best for me. They always just want me to be happy. We've always been very close and at the same time, I had friends that are like family to me. My chosen family who made it much easier to kind of realize that it's never too late to love yourself, it's never too late to acknowledge those feelings, and face your fears."

Check out these pics from Gutierrez's IG: