Apple CEO Tim Cook gave us a little surprise on Thursday morning when he decided to finally come out as gay. I say little because Cook’s sexuality has long been a topic of speculation. In a heartfelt essay in Bloomberg Businessweek, he talked about his experiences as a gay man and how they’ve shaped what he sees as his role as CEO of Apple.

In the interview, edtior Josh Tyrangiel reveals that coming out publicly was something Cook has been thinking about for a long time, although he’s been reluctant to pull the trigger because he’s naturally a very private person. Simply put, “He has had these conflicting values of privacy and wanting to lead and he ultimately decided it is more important for him to step out.”

Good for your Tim.

Tim Cook comes out as gay: Video interview explains why | BGR.