He also revealed that he was no longer interested in sports and could not connect to old friends because his interests changed.
Once he accepted his new sexuality, Birch lost weight and eventually left his job as a banker to become a hairdresser. He now lives with his 19-year-old boyfriend Jack Powell in an apartment above the salon where he works.
Although there are no prior reports tying strokes to sexuality changes, Joe Korner, director of communications for The Stroke Association of the U.K. suggests that strokes have the potential of causing drastic impacts in a person’s life.
"Strokes are traumatic, life-changing experiences, which can make you reassess life and your feelings, so perhaps that's the reason behind it," Korner told reporters. "Whether or not the stroke turned Chris gay, or whether he was gay anyway but unaware of it, his experience seems to be a positive one, which is great."