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Colby Melvin on sobering up, sex, and the cruelty of social media
There are a lot of motivational posts on Colby Melvin’s Facebook page these days.
Memes about being kind to yourself, pulling yourself out of dark places, reasons for getting sober.
Sober? Yep. America’s 31-year-old underwear sweetheart, businessman, entrepreneur, the man who can pull off a jockstrap, literally, and still look as innocent as his baby blue eyes—or are they green, hazel, gray? Aye, there’s his mischievous rub—is back from a rough couple of years of depression, despair, and drugs.
He’s also ready to talk, his voice something he’s never been afraid to use.
Speaking to Colby on the phone in Louisiana, where he now lives, again, with the parents who raised him, he didn’t shy away from a single question or tell me any subject was off-limits.
If he bared anything to Queerty, this time it was his soul.
A variety of things. It started a few years ago. There’s something about being in the public eye. Your life becomes public property. Everyone is criticizing or weighing in or judging. It’s hard for it not to get to you.