APPLE CEO Tim Cook has opened up about the process of coming out in 2014.

In a revealing interview with the Washington Post, Cook revealed that publicly acknowledging that he was gay was something that was not a spur of the moment thing.

“It had been planned for quite a long time,” Cook said.

“It was not something that was done in a moment, by any means. It was probably a year.”

Cook felt compelled to come out as a message to kids struggling with their own sexualities.

“I thought it would minimally say you can do pretty good in this world and be gay. That it’s not a limiter. It’s okay to be. That it’s okay to be honest about it,” Cook said.

“I figured if I could help one person, it would be worth it.”

The Apple CEO revealed that he knew he wanted to come out in a business publication and had sought advice from prominent CNN journalist Anderson Cooper.

“I talked to Anderson Cooper at length – multiple times,” Cook said.

“Because I thought that the way he handled his announcement was really classy

“I was getting advice from people who I thought were really great people who had really deeply thought about it.”

Cook assumed the role of CEO of the company in 2011 shortly before the death of Steve Jobs.

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