US actor Matt Bomer revealed this weekend he is gay.

The star of White Collar, 34, came out at the weekend as he accepted an award for HIV/AIDS activism in California.

At the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards ceremony, he told the audience: “I like to give a special shout out to my table… and I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry – thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.”

He was referring to publicist boyfriend Simon Halls and their three children.

Bomer has made enigmatic statements in the past when faced with rumours about his sexuality.

In 2010 he said: “I don’t care about that at all. I’m completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life.”

Referring to his programme, he added: “I have a network and a show riding on my shoulders.”

Bomer is set to appear alongside Channing Tatum in Magic Mike this year as well as the film version of Larry Kramer’s HIV/ AIDs play The Normal Heart.

Bomer added at the gala where he received the New Generation Arts and Activism award: “My world has really been rocked by doing research for Normal Heart, just in terms of the history of HIV and AIDS.

“And so I’m very proud to receive this award from an organization that is at the forefront of carrying the torch into a very, very bright future.”