When it comes to celebrities, people love to gossip about their sexuality. Since famous people live so much of their lives in the public, perhaps their fans assume their sexual orientations should be out in the open, too. Whatever the reason for celebrity gay rumors, not all of them are true. On this list are some of the biggest suspected homosexual actors, at least according to tabloids and Internet chatter. Take a look through this collection of faces from film and television and see which actors you love are rumored to be gay.
Of course, when it comes to whether or not someone is gay, the truth is that it doesn’t matter. But when you’re the face of a multi-million dollar film, the last thing you want is for your personal life to distract from your work. There’s a massive debate to be had about whether or not closeted gay actors should come out of the closet. One side says they should, in order to give a voice to everyone struggling to live as their own true selves. But the other says it’s not really anyone’s business what someone does in the privacy of their own home.
Regardless of your opinions on stars’ private lives, speculating about whether an actor is gay or not is older than Hollywood itself. Take a look through this list of actors rumored to be gay – you might be surprised at who you find.
Rumors about John Travolta’s sexuality have followed him for years, but he only started responding to them recently.
When a New York Observer article on closeted Hollywood stars was released in 2012, some readers thought the author of the article directed at least a few paragraphs at Chace Crawford.
Most of the rumors about Ed Westwick’s sexuality seem to come from this photo of the actor holding hands with his handsome bro.
Rumors about Tyler Perry’s sexuality have been bouncing around the Internet since the first Madea film was released. Some sites have even dug into the life of his supposed ex-lover, whom they allege Perry refers to as his “ex-employee.”
Ever since Taylor Lautner started showing off his abs in Twilight, people have been throwing around rumors about his sexuality. He further fueled speculation when he made an appearance at famous West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey in December 2014.
No one knows where the gay rumors about Elijah Wood started, but word on the street is that he doesn’t mind the free press.
Super 8 star Joel Courtney is rumored to be gay.
It seems like the only person spreading gay rumors about Josh Hutcherson is Josh Hutcherson.
Gay rumors have followed Tom Cruise since he busted onto the scene in the ’80s.
Gay rumors started following Thomas Dekker after he played gay characters in a few films.
After country star Kenny Chesney broke off his relationship with Renee Zellweger, she called him a “fraud.” A lot of people took that to mean that he’s gay, though he’s denied it.
Tyler Posey joked about having a Grindr account, and rumors about his sexuality have followed him ever since.
Former Disney Channel star Luke Benward is rumored to be gay.
Matt Smith is known to say things like, “I had to kiss a lot of boys. I finally understand why my good lady won’t kiss me with a stubbly beard… I get it now. Hairy men, it hurts.”
Finn Jones played Ser Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones, leading fans to wonder if he’s gay offscreen as well.
James and Dave Franco are known to joke about Zac Efron’s sexuality, but he’s rumored to be gay outside of the prank world too.
According to Alexis Arquette, she slept with Jared Leto before transitioning.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
The rumors about Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s sexuality revved up after he started taking gay roles. Gawker even worked out a whole theory about it.
The rumors about James Franco’s sexuality started popping up as soon as he cleaned up after Freaks and Geeks, but he doesn’t seem to care.
Gay rumors are sure to follow any hot young star, and Hayden Christensen is no exception.
Emile Hirsch’s sexuality came into question once he started tweeting about how e-cigs were a good way to come out of the closet, and then posted a picture of himself smoking an e-cigarette.
Hugh Dancy doesn’t shy away from risque parts; he starred in Venus in Fur and the overtly homoerotic series Hannibal.