17/09/2015 1:12 AM AEST | Updated 17/09/2015 1:23 AM AEST

Tim Cook Tells Stephen Colbert The Real Reason He Came Out As Gay

"I needed to do something."

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came out as gay last year, told "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert Tuesday he made the move out of social responsibility.

Colbert made a humorous approach into the subject by asking Cook, "Was that an upgrade or just a feature that had not been turned on before?"

Cook gave a thoughtful answer.

Citing a quote about the importance of doing for others by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cook then told Colbert: "It became so clear to me that kids were getting bullied in school, kids were getting basically discriminated against, kids were even being disclaimed by their own parents, and that I needed to do something.And that where I valued my privacy significantly, I felt that I was valuing it too far above what I could do for other people. And so I wanted to tell everyone my truth."

Watch the full exchange above.

 H/T Laughing Squid

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