The talent behind Kim Kardashian West’s 2018 neon hair look, Chris Appleton, has been working with hair since he was 13. His first muse was his mother, who ended up being the inspiration for his career choice. 

Unlike many people who know right away, the celebrity hairstylist discovered his sexuality a bit later in life. Appleton came out as gay at the age of 26 after having two kids with his then partner Katie Katon.

The Realization 

Having found his solace in hairstyling, Appleton began his career at a salon in Leicester in his early teenage years. He worked at the salon for almost a decade, and during his time there, he developed a romantic relationship with the owner, Katie Katon. 

The duo had two kids together, a son named Billy, 17, and a daughter named Kitty-Blu, 15. 

In 2009, after stepping into fatherhood and adulthood, Appelton realized that he was gay. The hairstylist was 26 years old when he accepted his sexuality and decided to come out publicly. 

In an interview with The New York Times, Katon expressed that the time surrounding Appleton's coming out was “dark” for the both of them. 

But after all these years, they still share styling ideas and constantly stay in touch regarding their work and children. Katon also confessed to being a friend to him and helping him calm down when he panics about his big gigs.

'Some People Know Straight Away, I Didn’t.'

The "gifted hair transformationist," as his client Kim Kardashian West addressed him while interviewing him for Gay Times, shared insights about his decision to come out later in life and how it felt in the same interview.

Halfway through the interview, Kim asked Appelton the reason behind his late coming out. To this, the hairstylist humbly replied that unlike many people, he didn’t know that he was gay straight away. 

Appleton revealed that his decision to come out was delayed because after his late realization, it took him some time to understand and accept his sexuality. 

Some people know straight away, I didn’t and it took me a minute to understand that and accept that and then come out. 

Appleton Wanted His Children To Understand

In the same interview, the hairstylist expressed that he was concerned for his children in addition to his own struggles. Appleton mentioned to Gay Times that, for him, it was imperative his children were comfortable and understood his actions. And he took his time with everything.

Looking at the bond Appelton and his kids share today, his judgment was not wrong after all. The star stylist recently shared an adorable picture of him with his children on Instagram, on December 26, 2020, in the spirit of Christmas.