Doug English/Out Magazine
Glee's newest singing teacher is one sizzling piece of sexy.
Cheyenne Jackson, who plays coach to McKinley High's rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline on the Fox hit, covers the November issue of Out magazine. Steaminess aside, Jackson gets serious and opens up to the mag about his struggle with coming out and how his love for music helped him through a difficult childhood...
"I never felt further away from who I really am," the 35-year-old says of growing up in a conservative Christian town. Jackson struggled with being gay because of his religion but finally came out of the closet to his family when he was 19.
"It was a difficult time," say his mother, Sherri. "It can be real divisive, but I feel we weathered it very well. I feel I've become more openhearted, because otherwise the world can be black and white, and it isn't. It's good to grow."
Jackson, who's starred on Broadway in musicals like All Shook Up and Xanadu, says music served as his escape.
"Singing was everything to me," he says. "It gave me hope."
Jackson is now a successful actor (and one awfully hot hunk) with recurring roles on Glee and 30 Rock.
Over the summer, Jackson took his relationship with partner of 10 years, physicist Monte Lapka, to the next level by secretly registering as domestic partners in New York.
"We wanted to get as married as we could," says Jackson. "I think we were filling in some forms for wills or insurance, and I just thought, Let's just make this as legal as we can. It was with a bunch of Russian mail-order brides, literally. And it was hilarious and it was romantic, just he and me, our little secret."