Axel came out a year before Josh, so he was able to give Josh advice on the process. However, the pair's friendship became strained during this period. Axel had a boyfriend, and Josh was still striggling to accept himself. "Josh tried to push Axel away, but Axel never let that happen. He would always make sure his friend was OK, because of what Axel went through after coming out." "Axel would be the one to call, Facetime, text and always make sure Josh was OK," they wrote. Axel used his own experience to let Josh know that everything would be okay, despite the trials of coming out and other mental health issues Josh faced. "He would remind him that what he was going through was just a speed bump and that everything would work out." They end the letter on a positive note, writing that they " have never been happier with ourselves. We’re finally letting people into our lives and letting them get to know the real Josh and Axel, not the disguise they used to wear."
An open letter to all the guys I've ignored or hurt while reclaiming my life after being raped