Mario Dedivanovic and Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West's longtime makeup artist and friend Mario Dedivanovic has come out as gay officially when accepting an award at the American Influencer Awards show.
The makeup artist, 37, whose known as Makeup by Mario, appeared visibly emotional on Monday evening when accepting the Artist Achievement Award from Kim, 39, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.
'A couple of days ago, on my mother's 73rd birthday, I walked home after a day of stressful meetings at work and she was there doing my laundry and I broke down to her crying,' Mario said during his speech.
'I told her finally that I had spent my entire life and childhood suppressing my thoughts, suppressing my dreams, my feelings, my creativity and trying to be invisible so that no one would know how I'm feeling inside,' he continued.
'I knew that I was born different. I was traumatized to be me. I had been living in fear my entire life. I had been ashamed. She said, "Mario, from this day forward you are never again to live in shame or fear."'
Mario comes from an Albanian family, and he confessed to his background preventing him from being honest about his true identity.
He even left home when he was younger to pursue his passion for makeup against his family's wishes, it was revealed in a clip before Mario was presented the award.
The speech went on where Mario asked people in the crowd and other viewers to be open and accepting of others who were born different.
'I stand here for the first time in my life a proud 37-year-old gay man...I finally feel that bright light that I've been dreaming of my whole life is pouring from my soul around my body and it's mine. I can now live the life that I deserve and right now I feel true happiness.'