16 Celebs Who’ve Faced Rumors About Their Sexual Orientation
I think it is important to take media rumors – or any rumors about lesbian or gay celebrities, with a grain of salt. Let’s face it, as sexy as it can seem, some of this is still tied into a society who considers the label lesbian as a negative. And admittedly, coming out as a lesbian or a gay has stalled more than one career. Maybe that’s why celebs hide their real sexual preferences?
Check out 16 celebs who popped up rumors about their sexual orientation.
In 2009, gossip sites went wild with headlines that suggested the Twilight star was a lesbian. However, a closer look at Stewart’s quotes reveals how she was actually responding to a question over the nature of her relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson:
I’ve thought about this a lot. There’s no answer that’s not going to tip you one way or the other. Think about every hypothetical situation. ‘OK, we are. We aren’t. I’m a lesbian.’ I probably would’ve answered if people hadn’t made such a big deal about it. But I’m not going to give the finding an answer.”
Despite three high-profile marriages, Tom has been the subject of gay speculation for years. In 2003, he won a $10 million default judgment in a case against a gay porn actor who claimed the two had an affair, and two years earlier, he sued Los Angeles-based publisher Michael Davis for $100 million after Davis claimed to have a videotape of Cruise engaged in homosexual acts. As People reported, the suit was eventually dropped, and Davis eventually stated that Cruise “is not, and never has been, homosexual and has never had a homosexual affair.”
Speculation has swirled over the talk show queen’s long-standing kinship with TV anchor friend Gayle King for years. But as Winfrey told Barbara Walters last year:
I’m not even kind of a lesbian. And the reason why [the rumor] irritates me is because it means that somebody must think I’m lying. That’s No. 1. No. 2 … why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life.”
When asked about the long-standing rumors on his sexuality, the Fast And The Furious star proclaimed:
I was like, ‘How could you say that? Why would you say that? I’m not gonna put it out there on a magazine cover like some other actors. I come from the Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino code of silence. I’m not gonna do that.”
Appearing on The View, the pop star lamented the fact that she’s never been in love and has difficulty dating, which prompt many people to speculate that she’s a lesbian.
I’m from a small town so, like, everyone’s married with children or about to have children,” she said. “So it’s a little hard when you go home and people are like – and that’s why people think I’m gay – because they’re like ‘Why aren’t you married?’ And I’m like, ‘it doesn’t happen for everyone right off the bat.’”
The Inception hunk sent the blogosphere into overdrive after he was quoted as saying:
I’m an actor for f**k’s sake. I’ve played with everything and everyone.”
Still, a source now claims Hardy, who is engaged to British actress Charlotte Riley, had been taken out of context:
He was discussing a gay role and quotes coming from the character.”
After Esquire uncovered a website that referred to the Oscar-winning hunk as “gay, gay, gay,” the good-natured actor quipped:
No, I’m gay, gay. The third gay – that was pushing it.”
Friend Manuele Malenotti has also defended Clooney, noting:
You never know in life, and men are having an identity crisis but I can tell you George is not gay. All I can say is that George, when it comes to love, has decided that he is not going to get married again and he is not going to have any children and he won’t change his mind.”
Tabloid speculation over the button-handsome young stars of Gossip Girl has been rampant, particularly given the fact that Chace Crawford (right) and Ed Westwick (middle) were roommates for some time, according to New York Magazine. Westwick later blasted the rumors, saying:
It’s funny because I love this f**king dude dearly. I would die for this f**king dude. He’s my brother. But, by God, we are so into our f**king women it’s ridiculous.”
When asked earlier this year if there were any rumors she wanted to clear up, Rodriguez quipped:
I’m not a lesbian. Yeah! Mitchie likes sausage.”
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has made no secret of his admiration for the High School Musical star, while other gossip sites have openly speculated about Efron’s sexuality. Still, Efron has laughed it off:
I know it’s very addictive to read that kind of stuff. It’s entertainment. Honestly, if the worst [Perez Hilton] can say about me is that I’m gay, then I think I’ll be fine. I can handle it.”
The singer-songwriter acknowledges why many thought she was a lesbian shortly after her Grammy Award-winning debut:
I was definitely rough around the edges. I look back at certain interviews and I’m like, ‘Damn! Did I have to look that hard? Did I have to do my hair that way?”
More recently, she said:
I’m comfortable in my own skin – comfortable enough to know when something is right for me and when things need to change. All that comes in time, because when I first started out, I hadn’t a clue.”
John Travolta, who has been married to Kelly Preston since 1991, has been dogged by gay rumors and reports since the late 1980s. Last year, his attorney Marty Singer sent to a five-page letter to Gawker threatening to sue over posting “false and outrageous” claims in a story the site ran in a post called The Secret Sex Life of John Travolta.
Online gossips recently claimed Hudson had been spotted locking lips with a mystery woman in Miami, Florida – sparking allegations the divorced mother-of-one had turned her back on men in favor of the fairer sex. But the actress is baffled by the reports. She said:
A girlfriend called me and said, ‘Are you making out with girls now?’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ No, no, no. Strictly boys for me!”
The 21st century actor, artist, intellectual and overall “renaissance man” has believably played gay characters onscreen numerous times (most memorably as Harvey Milk’s lover in the Oscar-winning Milk), but Franco has downplayed the rumors about his real-life sexuality:
There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys.”
Speculation about the well-groomed TV’s host sexuality has been so rampant, even his girlfriend Julianne Hough thought he was gay! She said:
He totally wasn’t my type. I thought he was gay.”
Several years earlier, Seacrest himself had addressed the rumors, noting:
I know a lot of gay males who I work with that are fantastic people and I love hanging out with them. But because I hang out and bring gay men into my life, does that mean that I’m gay? I promise you that I very much love women.”
Addressing speculation she might be a lesbian, the self-professed tomboy said she wasn’t bothered by the reports, adding:
People have sometimes told my grandmother, ‘Your granddaughter has a bit of lesbianism in her. It’s that my sisters and I spent all our time among men. We were very popular with them. Our way of thinking is very masculine.”
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