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Modern Family actor hightlights struggle with body dysmorphia, before casually coming out as gay

Joe Williams November 23, 2015

Reid Ewing took to Twitter to highlight the issue of cosmetic surgery addiction.

A star of hit TV show ‘Modern Family’ casually came out as gay on Twitter recently – however, he did so to highlight another serious issue facing young men in today’s society.

Ewing – who plays Hayley’s boyfriend Dylan on the show –  said that he had undergone a series of cosmetic procedures in a bid to combat his low self-esteem.

However, the actor claimed that the operations simply made him feel worse about himself – and medical staff did little to deal with the psychological problems he clearly experiencing.

“I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt,” he wrote on The Huffington Post.

“I told the doctor why I felt my face needed cosmetic surgery and told him I was an actor. He agreed that for my career it would be necessary to get cosmetic surgery.

“He quickly determined that large cheek implants would address the issues I had with my face, and a few weeks later I was on the operating table,” he added.

“He spoke with me before I went under, but he wasn’t the same empathetic person I met with during the consultation.

“He was curt and uninterested in my worries, making small talk with his staff as I lost consciousness.”

Ewing went on to receive a variety of different treatments, but says doctors did not once warn him of the dangers of cosmetic addiction.

“None of the doctors suggested I consult a psychologist for what was clearly a psychological issue… or warn me about the potential for addiction,” he said.

The star took to Twitter to promote a TV segment based around the article – surprising some fans by expressing his attraction to a man featured in the clip.

However, rather than make an issue of his sexuality, the star casually told a fellow user that he was “never in”.

Fellow ‘Modern Family’ star Nathan Lane married his partner of 18 years last week.

The actor got hitched to his long-term partner Devlin Elliot in New York.

Lane’s spokesman said: “Nathan and Devlin were married in a small ceremony in New York City this week. Everyone is extremely happy.”

More: body dysmorphia, coming out, Modern Family, nathan lane

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