Ronen has come out as bisexual – after opening up to his girlfriend (Picture: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
Ronen Rubinstein has come out as bisexual with the 9-1-1: Lone Star actor saying he got ‘goosebumps’ sharing his sexuality.
The 27-year-old Israeli-American actor stars as TK, the gay son of Rob Lowe’s firefighter captain Owen Strand on the Fox series.
Opening up this week, the actor said he had the full support of his girlfriend, Canadian actress Jessica Parker Kennedy, who he said first ‘called him out’ and encouraged him to be vocal about his feelings.
He told Variety: ‘I fully identify as bisexual. I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it, it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it.’
Speaking about Jessica’s unwavering support and recalling their conversation, Ronen said: ‘She’s actually one of the first people that sort of respectfully called me out on it.
‘She’s like, “Is there something we need to talk about?” And I said, “Maybe.” I didn’t know how that conversation would go. And it went probably as good as it can go.
Ronen stars in the Fox series as a firefighter (Picture: Fox via Getty Images)
Alongside co-star Rafael Silva who plays TK’s partner Carlos Reyes (Picture: Fox via Getty Images)
‘She definitely encouraged me to be vocal about it, just to live my truth. She’s like, “I love you for who you are, your full self and people will love you for who you are and your full self”.’
The actor was born in Israel and moved to New York with his family when he was five. His other TV roles include Netflix drama Orange Is The New Black and supernatural horror Dead Of Summer.
After coming out, Ronen thanked his fans for their support on social media, saying he’d been reading the thousands of comments ‘through tear-filled eyes’.
He added: ‘Every single day, you guys give me your all. You opened your Hearts & Souls to me. I now give you me, my full, true self. Thank you for giving me the courage. Thank you for always accepting me.
‘Thank you for supporting me. Let us continue being our complete selves. Let us… continue fighting for what is right. Let us continue Loving each other and supporting each other. Thank you. I Love You.’