In the past, sexuality was not something that we talked about openly. What people did in the bedroom stayed in the bedroom. As time has progressed people became more open about their sexuality and everyone seemed to fit into one of two boxes; straight or gay. Today, however the LGBT community is strong and proud and refuses to be put into a box or labeled in anyway.
In today’s world, the spectrum is far more than just straight or gay. Many people believe that they fit somewhere in the middle of those two labels. Today people do not want to define themselves with words, but simply to be accepted as human beings, who may choose to live their lives differently. They want to be seen as individuals who are proud of who they are, and are strong enough to not allow themselves to be forced into being someone they’re not by the pressure of gender roles.
Celebrities aren’t any different than the rest of the world when it comes to their sexuality. Some celebrities are open about their sexuality while others keep their personal lives to themselves. Here is a look at 12 celebrities who refuse to define their sexuality.
12. Carrie Brownstein
Carrie Brownstein, an actress, musician and writer, has dated both men and women, but states that she does not identify herself as bisexual. She has stated in interviews that she hates labels and identifies herself by the relationship she finds herself in at the time.
Carrie has also admitted that she is “horrible” at relationships and really hasn’t been in many long-term, committed ones. In her point of view, relationships should not be put in gender boxes. She doesn’t believe that a relationship should have a “girl” or “guy” role, but instead it should simply be two people who like each other.
11. Kristen Stewart
Actress Kristen Stewart had a very public relationship with Robert Pattinson, her co-star in the Twilight series. Supposedly she cheated on Pattinson with a man, but that does not mean that she is straight.
For years, rumors have circled around the young actress that she is in a behind the scenes relationship with Alicia Cargile, a visual effects producer. At one time Stewart’s mother, Jules Stewart, said in an interview that her daughter and Alicia were a couple. Her mother stated that she had come to accept that her daughter loved both men and women. Neither of the women have confirmed or denied the relationship.
10. Cara Delevingne
Actress, model and singer Cara Delevingne, has made it clear that she does not like labels. She refuses to define herself as straight, gay or bisexual. She has been publicly linked to Harry Styles and Michelle Rodriguez, but does not define the situations as relationships, but instead says she is just having fun.
Delevingne has stated that she is more comfortable around women, but that is only because she feels that men just want to have sex with her. She has made it clear that she really doesn’t care how people see her, she just wants to have fun while she is young.
9. Maria Bello
Maria Bello has stated in interviews that she isn’t straight, bi-sexual or gay, she is simply “whatever.” Bello says that at one time she always identified herself as straight. Bello has dated many men throughout the years. She had a son in 2001 with then-boyfriend, Dan McDermott.
Things changed when Bello grew emotionally close to her best friend and her son’s godmother “Clare.” Bello says when she told her son about her feelings for “Clare” that he told her that it didn’t matter to him who she loved. “Whatever…Love is love.”
Whatever…Love is Love, is the title of Bello’s new book.
8. Raven Symone
Raven Symone has stated several times that she does not want to be labeled as gay, but instead she simply wants to be known as a human who loves other humans.
She once told Oprah Winfrey during an interview that she has been attracted to girls since the age of 12, but that she doesn’t need “language” to define who she is as a person. She does not want her life limited by words. She has also stated to Oprah Winfrey that she does not wish to be labeled as an African American because she is simply an American.
7. Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson, the actor best known for his role in The Hunger Games, has stated in interviews that when it comes to his sexuality, he doesn’t know what the future holds.
Hutcherson once joked that his Hunger Games character Peeta, would most likely be into having a threesome with Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth’s characters Katniss and Gale. Hutcherson, who has been acting since the age of 9, says that he was raised to treat people the way he would want to be treated. Because he believes everyone should be treated equally no matter their gender, race or sexual orientation, he founded Straight, But Not Narrow, an organization that helps to teach young adults to support each other no matter what their sexual orientation may be.
6. Tom Hardy
Actor Tom Hardy has been defensive at times when asked about his sexuality. Recently while attending the Toronto International Film Festival, a reporter asked Hardy about his sexuality and Hardy shut him down quickly.
The questions about Hardy’s sexuality all circle around an interview that he did in 2008 with the British gay magazine Attitude. During the interview, Hardy was asked if he had experimented sexually with boys.
“As a boy? Of course I have. I’m an actor for f–k’s sake. I’m an artist. I’ve played with everything and everyone. But I’m not into men sexually,” Hardy replied at the time. Since then Hardy, who is married to a woman, has made it clear he is not going to answer questions about his sexuality.
5. Amber Heard
Actress Amber Heard is married to heartthrob Johnny Depp. One would think that the sexuality of someone married to Depp would not be questioned, but Heard has never shied away from admitting that she has had relationships with women. She once told The Independent that: “I don’t want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me. But I don’t want to have to be defined by it.”
She has stated that just because she is married to Depp does not mean that she is no longer bisexual. She has made it clear that she wants to be known by whom she is and not by who she dates or marries.
4. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has been squeezed into the “straight box” ever since she began her relationship with husband Brad Pitt. However, before tying the knot with Pitt, Jolie was involved in a relationship with Jenny Shimizu, a model.
Jolie has openly admitted that she would have married Shimizu if she had been given the chance. Jolie has always appeared to be comfortable and confident with whom she is, no matter who she is dating. Jolie has always been considered eccentric and her daughter Shiloh, appears to be following in her mother’s famous footsteps. Shiloh refuses to conform to what is considered “gender norms.”
3. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato’s sexuality came into question while she was promoting her new single “Cool For the Summer.” In the hit song, Lovato sings the lyrics: “Got a taste for the cherry. I’m a little curious too.”
Since the song was released, a lot of people have been asking if the song is about her experiments with other women. Lovato has refused to confirm or deny if she has had relationships with women. But she does say that all of her songs are about her personal experiences. For the past five years, Lovato has been in a relationship with actor Wilmer Valderrama.
2. Ezra Miller
Actor Ezra Miller is best known for his roles in We Need to Talk About Kevin and Trainwreck. In an interview with the magazine Out, he discussed the “queer label.” He told the magazine that he was still trying to figure out the whole “relationship thing.” Miller said that he was too young to be pursuing “monogamous binds.” He added that no one should be forced to stick to whatever sexuality they find themselves boxed into.
At one time, Miller stated that he was not gay he was “queer.” He has backtracked a bit on that label saying that he is still too young to really know what he wants from life.
1. Queen Latifah
Ever since Queen Latifah became a celebrity, rumors that she was a lesbian have repeatedly surfaced. Latifah has never confirmed or denied the rumors.
Back in 2008, she gave an interview where she stated that she did not have an issue with talking about the topic of being gay, but she did have a problem talking about what was no one’s business, her personal life. She has repeatedly stated that she did not care if people thought she was gay or not. In 2012 she performed at the Gay Pride celebration held in Long Beach. After her performance, many assumed that her performing at the event was her way of coming out. Latifah later made it clear that was not the case.