Not so long ago, openly gay and lesbian celebrities were a rarity. There were a few brave souls who came out to the public but fears of jeopardizing careers ran rampant. Fortunately those days seem to be largely behind us, an attitude change that has loosened the lips of many celebrities who have openly admitted being bisexual, although some of their partner choices indicate they prefer one sex over the other.
Two years after making the first Transformer movie, Megan Fox told Esquire magazine in 2011, “I think people are born bisexual and then make subconscious choices based on the pressures of society. I have no question in my mind about being bisexual. But I’m also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who was bisexual, because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I’d never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man.” Apparently Brian Austen Green is cleaner than the average guy because Fox married him in 2010 and they have two sons, one born in February 2014.
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Armstrong’s history and views of bisexuality closely mirror Fox’s. The lead vocalist for punk rock band Green Day has been married for 10 years and is the father of two sons. However, in a 1995 interview, the year after he married, Armstrong told The Advocate, “I think I’ve always been bisexual. I mean, it’s something that I’ve always been interested in. I think everybody kind of fantasizes about the same sex. I think people are born bisexual, and it’s just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of ‘Oh, I can’t.’ They say it’s taboo. It’s ingrained in our heads that it’s bad, when it’s not bad at all. It’s a very beautiful thing.” And people say wives have no understanding of their husbands’ needs.
Cho was a successful stand-up comedian long before becoming a movie and TV actress and has always freely spoken about her bisexuality. After she married artist Al Ridenour in 2013, Cho quickly explained, “It’s not a traditional situation. It’s not a committed marriage. We’re just friends who share space.” She explained she’s “technically not able to stay with one person sexually because I’m bisexual.”
The year before marrying True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, Paquin said in a Zooey magazine interview, “For me, it’s not really an issue because I’m someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing. It’s not made up. It’s not a lack of decision.” It’s this type of flexible thinking that makes her character Sookie Stackhouse so believable in her acceptance of vampires and werewolves on True Blood. Paquin came out as a bisexual women during a public service announcement back in 2010.
Most famous for her 8-year run as Karen Walker on the smash sitcom Will & Grace, Mullally also shared the worldly view of, “… everybody is innately bisexual. I think there are different levels of awareness attached to that, so I may believe that everybody is innately bisexual, but somebody who is very homophobic may not see that quality in themselves in any way, shape or form,” in a 2009 Advocate interview. Married twice, most recently (2003) and the longest to actor Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation, Mullally is as unbiased as she is versatile at both comedy and drama.
Browstein’s myriad of personas she takes on in the quirky TV comedy Portlandia includes both a lesbian bookstore owner (with SNL vet Fred Armisen playing her uber feminist lesbian partner in life and business) and a lovelorn straight male. However, according to Brownstein’s comments in a Willamette Week interview in 2012, no one ever bothered to ask her if she preferred men or women. The talented guitarist and vocalist quipped, “People just always assume, like, you’re this or that. It’s like, ‘OK. I’m bisexual.’” Sounds so much like a line from Portlandia.
While many of the younger bisexuals push the yin-and-yang philosophy of we are all two as we are one, rock legend David Bowie admits that he played that then controversial card ever since Ziggy Stardust was born. In a 1976 interview with Playboy magazine, “It’s true — I am a bisexual. But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well. I suppose it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” Straight talk is so refreshing.
As guitarist and songwriter for celebrated rock band The Who, Townshend was married to one woman from 1968 to 2009 and currently lives with musician Rachel Fuller. His sexuality was questioned off and on throughout his career and he put the rumors to rest in his autobiography Who I Am. He wrote that he was “probably bisexual” and cited his strong physical attraction to Mick Jagger, calling him “the only man I’ve ever seriously wanted to f***.” Take a number, buddy, and get in line behind all the other girls and boys.
Ever since her breakout film role as the adorable towhead in E.T., Barrymore has charmed millions with her lack of pretense and refreshing honesty. When she was at the height of her wild child days, she told Contact magazine, “Do I like women sexually? Yeah, I do. Totally. I have always considered myself bisexual… I love a woman’s body. I think a woman and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful. Being with a woman is like exploring your own body, but through someone else.” Now the mother of two, Barrymore may have a stronger preference for one sex over the other but knowing Drew, maybe not.
Long before it was chic to identify as bisexual, Jolie was asked in a 2003 interview with the Wayback Machine if she was bisexual and replied, “Of course. If I fell in love with a woman tomorrow, would I feel that it’s okay to want to kiss and touch her? If I fell in love with her? Absolutely! Yes!” But pretty boys like Brad Pitt are just as easy to fall for.