Long ago, in the bad old days of Hollywood history, it was a career-killer if a star was revealed to be gay. For much of the so-called Golden Age, it wasn’t even something that could be reported openly. Outing someone in a gossip magazine was often a matter of coded language and innuendo. Celebs like Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter had to spend their entire careers in the closet. For a long time, coming out wasn’t an option at all, and even into the 1980s only the very bravest celebrities would risk their careers to come out in public.
Societal attitudes have shifted significantly in recent decades, especially in the last few years. Coming out as gay is not as potentially socially dangerous as it once was. Now, gay celebs can live their personal lives openly, without fear of losing their status or giving up roles. However, the process can still be a painful and intensely private experience. But what about going through it in public? And, even worse, what about going through it and then having to retract?
A few Hollywood celebrities have had to do just that. This list consists of people who told the press that they were gay or bisexual, but then either walked back the claim in later interviews or went on to conventional, presumably monogamous, heterosexual relationships.
10 Jessie J
Singer Jessie J made a splash in 2011 when she openly declared herself as bisexual. The announcement took place shortly after the release of her breakout single "Price Tag," which made her a star in the UK and became a modest hit in the US.
9 Megan Fox
Megan Fox has long been known as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, appearing in such films as Jennifer's Body and Transformers. She's also famously had a long-term relationship with former Beverly Hills 90210 star Brian Austin Green. She met the actor in 2004, when she was still in her teens (he was 30). The pair married in 2010, though they eventually separated last year. But even though she was nominally tied-up for most of her adult life, she has somehow also managed to build a reputation as someone willing to have relationships with women. This includes an affair with a Russian stripper named Nikita, a relationship she has openly talked about in the media.
8 Anna Paquin
If you ask Anna Paquin, she'll deny that her sexuality has changed, even though she used to be with women and now she is in a traditional monogamous marriage with husband Stephen Moyer. Paquin, who rose to fame as an Oscar-winning child actor and is now best known for her role on the racy HBO show True Blood, came out very publicly, declaring "I'm bisexual" in a 2010 public service announcement.
7 Michael Chabon
Most of the names on this list are women. That might have something to do with how society treats men who are gay versus how it treats women who are gay. Whatever the reasons, it seems like it is more acceptable for women to have a more fluid sexual identity.
6 Megan Mullally
Megan Mullally made her name on Will & Grace, one of the most high-profile gay-themed shows of its time. Perhaps with the show's audience in mind, Mullally gave an interview with The Advocate where she said "I consider myself bisexual, and my philosophy is, everyone innately is."
5 Zoe Saldana
In 2013, Star Trek and Avatar star Zoe Saldana told Allure Magazine that she could see herself ending up in a same-sex relationship.
4 Amber Heard
If anyone on the planet is handsome enough to make someone switch sexualities, it's probably Johnny Depp. It certainly worked on Amber Heard.
3 Julie Cypher
2 Angelina Jolie
1 Anne Heche
Actress Anne Heche has built a steady stream of success over the years on both the big and small screens, with roles in projects like Donnie Brasco, Six Days Seven Nights, Ally McBeal, Hung and Men in Trees. However, Heche is probably best known as the queen of sexuality-switching celebrities. When she began dating Ellen DeGeneres in 1997, she became part of the highest profile lesbian couple of the time. The relationship would only last until 2000, however, and Heche would begin a string of relationships with men. She married Coley Laffoon in 2001. She would eventually leave him for another man, her Men In Trees co-star James Tupper.
Sources: afterellen.com, gq.com, dailymail.co.uk
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