Celebrity Gay Rumors: Top 10 Reasons
Have you heard the latest? That hunky movie star you just saw at the theater this weekend is rumored to be gay! Does this sound familiar? If so, then welcome to the world of gay celebrity rumors and gay celebrity news.
Gossiping about the latest gay celebrity rumors is a major source of entertainment for many people in the United States and for that matter, around the world. In truth, gay rumors about celebrities catch our collective attention in a powerful way, allowing us a speculative glimpse into the private lives of the stars we love.
While gay rumors about celebrities can be fun to listen to (and sometimes spread), very few people ask how these rumors actually start or by extension, where they come from.
After carefully researching the genesis points behind lines of gay gossip, using advanced internet algorithms, coupled with human observation, Gay Celebrity Gossip is ready to present the 10 reasons on why gay celebrity rumors start, along with clues as to where they come from. Concrete examples will be provided wherever possible to help illustrate larger points.
Gay Celebrity Rumors – Who They Involve
Generally speaking, gay celebrity rumors involve movie stars, actors, professional athletes and popular vocalists. To a greater or lesser degree, gay celebrity rumors can also attach themselves to journalists, politicians and others who are in the public eye.
10 Reasons Why Gay Celebrity Rumors Start
What follows are 10 reasons why gay celebrity rumors typically start. Some of what appears here may seem like common sense to you. Others items listed however may be things you had not thought of before and perhaps should in order to better contextualize gay gossip. The list is by no means exhaustive but is certainly detailed.
1. The actor played a gay role
This point may seem obvious but is important to point out. The fact is that many celebrities who take on a gay role become fodder for gay gossip. This is particularly true for actors who take on a gay part early in their careers, which causes that rumor to become attached to them for years to follow.
An example of a celebrity who played a gay role and later became the focus of rumors is Jake Gyllenhaal, the widely celebrated actor who appeared as Jack Twist in the 2005 hit movie, Brokeback Mountain. While this particular flick helped propel Gyllenhaal to megawatt stardom, it also fueled major “pink” whispers about the actor’s sexual orientation. If a gay kiss appears in movie scene, such as the case in “Brokeback”, amplification of the rumor can become 10-fold.
In the case of Gyllenhaal, the actor had to publically address these rumors before they got out of control. In a 2006 interview carried by Starpulse.com he shared, “I’ve never really been attracted to men sexually, but I don’t think I would be afraid of it if it happened”.
Movie stars who have played the part of a gay man and later found themselves on the receiving end of gay celebrity rumors include Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mario Lopez. TV celebrity examples included Eric Stonestreet, [Cameron Tucker] from Modern Family and Justin Bartha, [David Sawyer] from The New Normal.
2. Celebrity appeared in a gay themed movie or television show
Whenever an actor appears in a movie with a gay theme (commonly referred to as a “gay vibe”), that actor will experience some amount of gossip regarding his sexual orientation. Under this point, the actor does not need to play a gay role. Merely being in a gay themed movie is often enough to stoke the fire of the gay gossip mill.
In a phenomenon known as main actor role confusion, fans of a star will sometimes believe that the character’s role is who they are in real life. Many people for example confused Larry Hagman as the notorious villain J.R. Ewing, who was the star of the smash hit television series, Dallas. The research suggests that the more popular film or TV show, the greater main actor role confusion occurs can occur among the general public. For example, lots of people can provide a character’s name in a movie but are unable to identify the actor’s actual name.
When we look at the fundamental psychological dynamics, we can easily see how gay themed movies featuring famous celebrities are act as gifts of gold to pink rumor gossips.
A prime example of celebrities appearing in gay themed movies who experience heavy pink whispers and gay speculation include stars like Young and the Restless daytime TV actor, Marco Dapper. In 2006, Dapper appeared in the gay themed flick, Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds, a movie that featured lots of man on man sexual action, including kissing, nipple play, oral activity and heavy petting. To this day, many fans question the true sexual orientation of this TV star.
3. Celebrity was ambiguous about sexual orientation
Celebrities who are on the receiving end of gay rumors can often find the causal reasons traced to public interviews where the star was evasive or
ambiguous about their sexual orientation. An example of this can be seen in the case of Matt Bomer, star of the hit T.V. show White Collar. With Bomer, many gay men had long suspected that the actor may be closeted, based in part on the phenomenon known as gaydar, which is a 25 cent term for the ability of some gay men to intrinsically know another person may be gay. Prior to his publically outing himself in 2012, Bomer dodged questions about his sexual orientation in public interviews.
It needs to be stated here that just because a celebrity is ambiguous about their sexual orientation, it does not mean they are necessarily gay. For example, Benedict Cumberbatch has historically been evasive about questions related to his sexual orientation. Some believe this may be by design, as alluded to in a BBC America piece about the actor. Colton Haynes, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck at times have also fallen into this particular causal reason for gay gossip.
4. Celebrity has advocated for GLBT rights
Sometimes, celebrities who are considered friends of the GLBT community are rumored to be gay based solely on their connection to GLBT causes. There are numerous examples of this type of dynamic. A powerful one can be found in Chris Kluwe, an NFL punter who played for the Minnesota Vikings. Kluew has long been an advocate for marriage equality and has given interviews to magazines specifically targeted to gay men. This has caused some to publicly ask if the professional athlete may be gay.
Another example includes Chris Evans, who has an openly gay brother that also happens to be an actor. Evans is on record as being a strong supporter of GLBT rights.
5. Little information exists about a star’s personal life
Celebrities, particularly if they are very attractive, often experience gay whispers when little information exists about their personal life. A human response to this type of dynamic is to “fill in the gaps” on what is unknown with pure speculation. An example of this can be found in the case of now out celebrity Anderson Cooper.
For years, many had speculated that the television news reporter may be gay. Little information however existed in the public domain about Cooper’s personal life, which only served to fan the gay gossip.
6. Celebrity has been involved in a bromance
Some stars end up in a gay celebrity rumor based on who they are hanging out with. Specifically, we are talking about a “bromance”, which is a contemporary term for two straight men who share affection for one another. Once photos get out of the bromance, it can be hard to put the gay genie back in the pink bottle.
Examples of widely reported bromances include celebrities like Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong. Back in the mid-2000’s, the two had been spotted together on numerous occasions and often shirtless, causing many to question the nature of their relationship. Other examples include Jake Gyllenhaal and Austin Nichols, Leonardo DiCaprio and Zac Efron and Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.
7. Actor is single
This particular point may seem vapid but in the world of gay celebrity rumors, being single can heavily fuel the pink furnace of gossip and speculation. This is particularly true if the actor is over the age of 35 and is not known to be involved in a serious opposite sex relationship. As mentioned earlier in this article, where there are unknown bits of information, people often fill in the gaps.
8. Celebrity has been seen hanging out with openly gay men
This perhaps is another shallow contributor to gay gossip but none the less is important to include in our list of 10 reasons for gay celebrity rumors. In the phenomenon known as “guilt by association”, just being seen with another openly gay man, particularly more than once, can ignite a firestorm of pink speculation about a given celebrity. If the person is already the subject of gay rumors, amplification of gay gossip increases dramatically.
An example of this can be seen in NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who by all objective standards is considered to be extremely good looking. In 2014, the well liked celebrity found himself in the middle of a gay controversy because he was seen palling around with another well-known gay man in Atlanta. It is important to note in this case, Kaepernick also has publicly advocated for inclusion of gay players in the NFL.
Another example includes Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who has been the subject of gay rumors based on his association with a former roommate that is openly gay.
9. Gay blogs and print magazines
A positive sign for a star is when the gay community collectively decides they find a celebrity to be talented and attractive. Usually, that person will be mentioned in some way on a gay related website or in hard copy (“pink ink”). What often happens is that people confuse the star’s mentioning in a given gay news source as “evidence” that the celebrity “must be gay” gay. Example: I saw that person in the Advocate – when did they go gay? This is a prime example of how gay rumors about celebrities start.
Popular gay focused entertainment and current event sites like queerty.com will often discuss a celebrity’s attractiveness, which in turn, brings out the gay speculators. And when a celebrity appears in a gay related magazine, such as The Advocate, some folks mistakenly take this as “proof” that the star “must be” gay. It really doesn’t take much – just a mentioning, an interview or a mere photo for a rumor to take off.
10. Wishful thinking on the part of some gay men
This final point can be considered a theme that is woven into much of what appears in this article. The fact is there are a number of gay men who fantasize about male celebrities and will engage in gay speculation from a place of wishful thinking. Often, they will unite with other wishful thinkers at popular online blogs that are geared specifically towards gay gossip and celebrity chatter.
What can add fuel to the pink fire is when a void of information exists about a star, particularly if that person is new to the celebrity circuit. Again, people tend to fill in the blanks when personal details are absent, which can equate to gossip. It is human nature.
It does not take much for a gay rumor to start. The obvious causes can be traced to gay movie roles and gay related themes. Other causes of gay celebrity rumors are less transparent, requiring the listener to have special focus.
And so the next time you hear about that movie star, athlete or other celebrity as “being gay”, remember the 10 items mentioned in this article. They may help provide context to whatever line of gossip you come across.