A truth that he had long chosen to remain silent on, due to a “fear of oversharing” and “because ‘masculinity’ is the most fragile currency.” Arnaud decided it was time to speak candidly about his sexuality, because he wanted to combat stigma. And stop ‘letting other people’s assumptions of straightness stand uncorrected.’
“Because ‘masculinity’ is a most fragile currency, ready to nose-dive at the first sign of vulnerability or difference”
He wrote, “Last week, I was chatting with work friends, and as I brought up a trip I’d taken with an ex-girlfriend. I asked myself, for the ten-thousandth time, how to tell such a story without making it seem like that was the whole story of me,” the note read.
Francois revealed that this is a plight many bisexual men experience. “I’m sure many bisexual guys feel the same and end up doing as I did. Letting other people’s assumptions of straightness stand uncorrected. He continued, “Perhaps out of fear of oversharing. Under the guise of privacy, maybe. Probably because ‘masculinity’ is a most fragile currency, ready to nose-dive at the first sign of vulnerability or difference.”
“No wonder it’s still a chore to acknowledge bisexuality without getting into lengthy explanations”
The 35 year old actor went on to write that he believes he also kept quiet “because it’s really f—— scary to give up your privilege.”
“Without a doubt because of stigmas of indecisiveness, infidelity, deception and trendiness are still clinging to bisexuality,” he wrote. “But here’s the thing,” Arnaud continued. “Silence has the perverse effect of perpetuating those stereotypes, making bi guys invisible, and leading people to doubt that we even exist. No wonder it’s still a chore to acknowledge bisexuality without getting into lengthy explanations.”
Arnaud concluded his message, saying that although he finds labels frustrating and words imperfect, he’s always considered himself bisexual. “Not confused or trying to look edgy.” He added, “Not disloyal, Not ashamed. Not invisible. Happy #bivisibilityday this Wednesday.”
Arnaud’s Acting Credits
Francois rose to fame as Cesare Borgia in the racy period drama, ‘The Borgias,’ which ran from 2011 to 2013 and also starred Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia. Who became Pope Alexander VI.
The Canadian actor has since starred in ‘Midnight, Texas‘ as Manfred Bernardo, while he made his debut in Xavier Dolan’s ‘I Killed My Mother.’ Arnaud also memorably starred as Sebastien Raine in a 2017 episode of ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ which recently racked up multiple wins at the 2020 Emmy Awards on Sunday.
Francois has previously been in relationships with Holliday Grainger, who also starred in The Borgias, from 2011 to 2012. He went on to date Evelyne Brochu for two years, and has also dated Sarah Gadon briefly in 2014.