Alan became a friend of Matt Fielding's. Though they began dating, Alan was 'in the closet' due to being a famous actor on a daytime soap opera. All the while Matt and Alan were dating, Dave Erickson was trying to get to Matt via freindship, which didn't sit well with Alan.
Once Alan married Valerie Madison, his lesbian co-star, as part of a PR stunt, his relationship with Matt ended.
After the wedding, however, an article was published in the newspaper that outed Alan. Although Matt suspected Dave Erickson of leaking the story, it was Alan who had outed himself.