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SPARKLING CARVER

ALONGSIDE BROTHER MAX, CHARLIE CARVER WAS A TROUBLESOME TWIN IN TV SHOWS DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES AND TEEN WOLF. HE’S SINCE GONE ON TO ACHIEVE SOLO SUCCESS, APPEARING WITH ZACHARY QUINTO AND JAMES FRANCO IN I AM MICHAEL, AND PLAYING A ROLE IN THE LGBT+ HISTORY EPIC WHEN WE RISE. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE TALKS EXCLUSIVELY TO ATTITUDE ABOUT HOW LAST YEAR’S HEARTFELT “COMING OUT” LETTER WAS INSPIRED BY EVENTS CLOSE TO HOME…

FASHION: JOSEPH KOCHARIAN

LOCATION: ANDAZ WEST HOLLYWOOD, HYATT.COM

CHARLIE CARVER

Charlie wears tee by Balmain at MR PORTER, joggers by adidas, necklace by Pieter

It’s just a few minutes into our interview when Charlie Carver, 28, gently drops into the conversation the revelation that his father — the respected physician, historian and author Robert Martensen — was gay. This is the first time he’s spoken publically about it. I ask if he’s happy to continue and he nods. After all, Charlie’s own “coming out” story is inextricably linked to his father’s.

Charlie’s parents split shortly after he and twin brother Max were born in San Francisco in 1988. Following the separation, his mother, Anne, moved her sons to the tiny town of Calistoga in the Napa Valley. “She had her ‘under the Tuscan sun’ moment where she bought a little farmhouse, sort of started fresh,” Charlie explains. “It happened to be on land with really incredible grapes. So after she met my stepdad, they started grape growing, a vineyard wine business.”

As his mother literally and figuratively began to cultivate new roots, his father would find himself moving around in the coming decades, taking on such roles as a professor at Harvard and director of the Office of History at the National Institutes of Health, in Maryland. “I definitely grew up in a very accepting household. But part of why my parents split up was my dad came out of the closet.”

It wasn’t until Charlie was 12 years old that he learned about this aspect of his parents’ divorce. “That was actually very difficult for me. In the way that sons and fathers can have beef regardless of [sexual] orientation, it was just something where I wanted to be able to define myself, set my own rules, and I felt like I had all of a sudden someone who I was gonna be forced to become, and I didn’t wanna be like him.”

”MY DAD WAS AN AWESOME MAN. HE GOT TO SEE ME FOR WHO I WAS AND TO GIVE ME HIS BLESSING IN A FORMAL WAY. HE’S ALWAYS SORT OF WITH ME”

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On the cover, Charlie Carver talks exclusively how his dad coming out helped him do the same. Plus, music legend’s Blondie in their only gay magazine interview, Walking Dead actor Tom Payne, queer pop prince Perfume Genius, and the growing divide between LGBT equality in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Also, presenting the world’s top 100 single gay men from the world of entertainment, art, business and politics.
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