Fredrik Eklund Shares Heartfelt Coming Out Story: "Once It’s Set in Motion, It’s Liberating"

The #MDLNY agent gets personal about his journey.

Just in time for National Coming Out DayMillion Dollar Listing New York agent Fredrik Eklund opened up about his own journey. Fredrik took to Instagram to reveal how he opened up to his friends and family about his sexuality before he moved to New York City in 2000. "The last 24 hours I've seen so many beautiful posts here about coming out," he wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of himself with his husband, Derek. "No one should ever be ashamed or in pain due to love. So here is my attempt to explain my own circumstances over 15 years ago."

Following his touching coming out story (which you can read in full below), Fredrik had this message for others out there: "Often the things we think are going to be hard are just hard to start. Once it’s set in motion, it’s liberating. I suppose it’s sort of like jumping out of an airplane. The only real resistance is ourselves, our fear of the unknown. Whatever we need to do to live honestly and whatever transition we need to make in order to follow our dreams and be true to ourselves is the path we should take."

The last 24 hours I've seen so many beautiful posts here about coming out. No one should ever be ashamed or in pain due to love. So here is my attempt to explain my own circumstances over 15 years ago: --- Before I left Sweden for New York to follow my dreams, I decided there was one more thing I needed to do. I needed to tell my friends and family about the real me, to “come out.” I broke up with my beautiful girlfriend, Simone, who was devastated, and I finally gathered the courage to tell my brother, my mother, and my friends that I was attracted to boys. A few months later, after I had fallen in love again, it was time to tell my father. My dad and I had a nice dinner at the new summer house he’d just bought, and before bed, he asked if I’d help him take the garbage up to the bin by the road. I was incredibly nervous, but it was pitch black out, and I couldn’t see him, so that (and the wine at dinner) made it a little easier. 🍷 I said, “Dad, I’m in love with someone.” He asked me what her name was, and I said, “his name.” He stopped. He was quiet. Then he said, “Fredrik, you are my son, and I will always love you. You can love whomever you want.” My family and friends all proved supportive and assured me they loved me regardless. Without being the true me—both personally and professionally—I’d never be writing this line right now. I acknowledge that as difficult as that six month period was for me—quitting my company, coming out to my loved ones, and finally moving from Sweden—I had it easier than many others out there. But here’s what occurs to me. Often the things we think are going to be hard are just hard to start. Once it’s set in motion, it’s liberating. I suppose it’s sort of like jumping out of an airplane. The only real resistance is ourselves, our fear of the unknown. Whatever we need to do to live honestly and whatever transition we need to make in order to follow our dreams and be true to ourselves is the path we should take. ❤️ #NationalComingOutDay

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