Celebrities know that when they become famous they lose their privacy. They can no longer expect to get away with certain things and they can no longer expect to be able to keep secrets. This constant breach of privacy that celebrities experience every day is particularly hard on gay celebrities who are not yet ready to come out and confess to the whole world that they are homosexual.
Nobody should feel like they have to “confess” their sexuality. After all, even a celebrity’s private life should remain private. Alas, that is never the case. Paparazzi are always on the hunt to find celebrities they suspect are gay in compromising situations just so they could sell their pictures for great profit.
And it’s not just paparazzi who are after gay celebrities who have not yet come out – magazine and newspaper editors and writers are just as keen to expose these celebrities! Here are 15 Gay Celebs Who Were Outed By The Paparazzi (And The Photos).
15. Kevin Spacey Caught Cuddling An Anonymous Young Man
There have always been rumors that the House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey is gay. For example, in 1997 an article titled “Kevin Spacey Has a Secret” appeared in Esquire magazine and strongly suggested that Spacey was gay.
Of course, nowadays Spacey is openly gay so his sexuality is no longer a secret. But who can forget that time in the early 2000’s when the Star magazine published photos of Spacey cuddling with an anonymous young man – “For two hours, the pair chatted, held hands, cuddled, stroked, and massaged each other hidden behind a rock in Oakland Memorial Park near Topanga, close to where Spacey grew up. Says an eyewitness: “It was a very intimate rendezvous. At one point, Kevin’s head was in the boy’s lap and later the young guy put his arms round Kevin and cuddled him … Let me put it this way—if my wife saw me with another man like that, she would be divorcing me.”
14. Zachary Quinto Was Outed By New York Magazine
The Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto was outed by a journalist some time before his confession was published in New York magazine. So really, Quinto confessed to being homosexual himself – it was just that the editor of New York magazine sped up the process of the world finding out.
However, while Quinto did come out as gay he is still not up for talking about his personal life. Instead, he would much rather discuss what needs to be done to make things better for homosexuals – “The fact that these things are such hot-button issues right now, socially and politically, I would much rather talk about that than talk about who I sleep with.I would love to be a voice in this maelstrom of chaos and obsessive celebrity infatuation that says, ‘Let’s talk about something that matters.’”
13. George Michael Outed After He Was Caught With A Man In A Public Bathroom
In 1988, the media outed the singer George Michael as gay. However, in an unusual turn of events, the paparazzi did not even have to stalk Michael in order to catch him with a man. Instead, Michael got into trouble with the law when he was caught by an undercover police agent in the middle of a private act in a public bathroom.
Michael had to pay 500 pound fine as well as serve 80 hours of community service. Of course, the worst was yet to come – the media were thrilled by the story and thus the news made headlines. For example, the headline on the front page of the Sun screamed – “Zip Me Up Before You Go Go.” Soon, everyone knew that Michael was gay and he hadn’t even uttered a word about his sexuality.
12. Queen Latifah Caught In An Embrace While On Holidays
Remember that time when Queen Latifah was caught embracing her friend? The embrace certainly seemed quite romantic and so it came as no surprise that the photos were published in every tabloid possible.
Immediately, rumors started and some celebrities even went so far as to state publicly that they hope Latifah will come out soon. For example, the singer Syd Tha Kid said – “There’s Alicia Keys, who’s married to Swizz Beatz – we know that s**t ain’t real. You got Queen Latifah kissing Common in movies. Missy Elliott saying she don’t wanna hand with b****s. You know she loves her some b****s.”
However, despite these rumors, as well as later photos of her holding hands and kissing her partner Eboni Nichols, Latifah refuses to discuss her sexuality – “I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen.”
11. Kristen Stewart Caught Cuddling And Kissing Her Friend In Honolulu
We all assumed that the actress Kristen Stewart was as straight as they came. After all, she had only ever dated men. But then a couple of years ago that all changed when Stewart was photographed cuddling and kissing her friend, Alicia Cargile, on holidays in Honolulu.
Every tabloid published the photos and the Metro headline screamed – “Kristen Stewart fuels lesbian rumors.” When Stewart was later asked about these rumors, she was quite evasive.
Later, however, she came out as being bisexual – “’That’s been nothing but positive. I mean, it’s hard to talk about. I don’t want to seem presumptuous, because everyone has their own experience.The whole issue of sexuality is so grey. I’m just trying to acknowledge that fluidity, that greyness, which has always existed. But maybe only now are we allowed to start talking about it.”
10. Michelle Rodriguez Appeared On The Cover Of A Lesbian Magazine Without Consent
In 2007, a photo of the actress Michelle Rodriguez appeared on the cover of the lesbian Curve magazine without her consent. Even though the magazine did not mention that Rodriguez was gay, the internet interpreted the magazine cover to mean that she was.
The actress wasn’t happy with the magazine and said – “As far as rumors go of me coming out, I guess Curve magazine took it upon themselves to out me on the premise of their suspicions. […] I will say this: To put words in someone’s mouth and place people in categories affects them for sure, especially in this business.”
It took Rodriguez another six years to openly come out as bisexual during an interview with Entertainment Weekly – “I’ve gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f***ing curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.”
9. Raven Symone Outed By MediaTakeOut When She Moved In With Her Girlfriend
Some found it strange that when asked about her personal life, the actress Raven Symone was unwilling to go into detail, saying that she would much rather talk about her work – “I don’t talk about anything else but my work, and that’s what I’m doing and that’s what I portray.”
However, then MediaTakeOut revealed that it had a snippet it had acquired from The National Enquirer which stated that Symone is gay – “Sources close to Raven say she’s GAY and has shacked up with AzMarie Livingston, the androgynous beauty seen on America’s Next Top Model. The two are living together in Raven’s luxury $11,00-a-month New York City condo. She’s at a point now where she doesn’t care what her family thinks, and she’s in love with AzMarie. She’s a lesbian and wants to live that way.”
8. Anderson Cooper Outed By Gawker
Before Anderson Cooper came out openly as gay, countless magazines and news portals wrote that he was in fact homosexual. For example, Gawker published an article in 2009 which was titled – “Anderson Cooper Is a Giant Homosexual and Everyone Knows It” and which suggested that he was seeing the man in the above photo.
So it only made sense that Cooper got tired of all these rumors and decided to publicly come out. In 2012, Cooper wrote an email to the writer Andrew Sullivan in which he confessed that all those rumors and media articles were true – he was indeed gay.
7. Jodie Foster Outed By Out Magazine
In 2007 Out magazine decided to run a story about Hollywood celebrities that are too afraid to openly come out as homosexual. The cover photo of the magazine featured both Anderson Cooper and the actress Jodie Foster. The headline read: “The Glass Closet. Why the stars won’t come out and play.”
Over the years, there had been plenty of rumors that both Cooper and Foster were gay. But neither wanted to come out openly. Of course, Out magazine as well as other rumors eventually forced Jodie to discuss her sexuality.
And so she came out during a Golden Globes speech in 2013 – “I’m just gonna put it out there… I’m single. I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her. To everyone she actually met. But now, apparently, I’m told, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a primetime reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo child.”
6. Portia De Rossi Caught Kissing Her Then-Girlfriend Francesca Gregorini
Before Portia De Rossi became Portia DeGeneres, she was trying to protect her private life by hiding the fact that she is homosexual. So when the paparazzi caught her cuddling with her girlfriend Francesca Gregorini, the news that De Rossi is gay made headlines.
However, unlike other gay celebrities that have been outed by paparazzi, De Rossi was not at all angry or upset. Instead, she was grateful because the paparazzo “freed me from a prison in which I had held myself captive my whole life.”
Even though De Rossi’s relationship with Gregorini did not last, the actress claims that their relationship was vital both for her development as a person and health – “Living with Francesca forced me to deal with issues surrounding acceptance and of my sexuality, and it also forced me to deal with my relationship to food. I shared a kitchen — and a bathroom. I couldn’t binge and purge without a lengthy and embarrassing discussion.”
5. Tom Daley Was Outed Which Caused Him To Confess In A YouTube Video
The diver Tom Daley has also been rumored to be gay. In 2012, SBNation published an article titled “Is Tom Daley Gay? He’s a Diver, So He Must Be.” The diver initially ignored the rumors and the media but then a couple of months later decided to squash them. He said – “I think it’s funny when people say I’m gay… I laugh it off… I’m not. But even if I was, I wouldn’t be ashamed. It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest what people thought.”
However, it seems that Daley was actually bothered by what people thought because a couple of months later he confessed in a YouTube video that he was actually gay and that he was dating a man – “It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen, but it wasn’t until spring this year that something just clicked… My whole world just changed, right there and then.”
4. Chaz Bono Outed When He Was Not Yet Ready To Come Out
In 1990, Chastity Bono was outed by the press as gay. At the time, Bono was extremely upset by the turn of events and even called the outing “terrifying”. So she denied that she was a lesbian because she was not yet “comfortable enough to have the whole world know.” And, sadly, Bono later said that the press outing actually delayed her coming out – “It retarded my coming-out process. It pretty much ground it to a halt for a few years.”
However, in 1995 Bono came out as gay on the cover of a national gay magazine, the Advocate. She also wrote a book on his experiences titled Transition: The Story Of How I Became a Man, in the hopes that it will help others. Then, in 2009 Bono started her transitioning process and is now known as Chaz Bono.
3. Kerry Rhodes Cuddles His Friend In One Photo, Holds Him Like A Baby In Another
In 2013, the NFL star Kerry Rhodes was pictured cuddling a “friend” while on holidays. In one picture, Rhodes can be seen sitting in a boat, his arm around his friend. In another picture, Rhodes can be seen carrying his friend like a baby.
However, despite the damning evidence, Rhodes insists that he is not gay. After the photos were published, Rhodes said – “Photos have been circulating of my former assistant and I that have caused some rumors regarding my sexuality, and I wanted to address the situation. I am not gay. The shots were taken during a past vacation in a casual environment with my entire business team.”
2. Photos Of Matt Bomer Kissing A Man Forced Him To Admit That He Is Gay
After photos of the actor Matt Bomer kissing a man were released, the actor decided that the best option was to come out as gay. And so he did. In 2012, while accepting an honor at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards the actor let the world know about his sexuality by thanking his partner, Simon Halls, and their three children while accepting the award.
1. Carrie Brownstein Was Outed Before She Had Told Anyone (Even Her Parents) That She Was Gay
Portlandia actress Carrie Brownstein was outed as bisexual by Spin magazine. The article in the magazine revealed that Brownstein and her bandmate, Corin Tucker, had dated.
Brownstein later revealed that she had no idea the magazine was going to out her. In fact, the actress had not come out to anyone at the time, not even her parents, which made the outing particularly upsetting.
Brownstein said – “I felt like the ground had been pulled from underneath me… If you haven’t spent any time deliberately and intentionally shaping your narrative, if you’re unprepared, like I was then, then one will be written for you. And if you already feel like a fractured self, you will start to feel like a broken one. That’s how I felt the day I was outed: splintered and smashed. I had not yet figured out who I was, and now I was robbed of the opportunity to publically do so, to be in flux.”
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