The LGBTQ+ community has always proved to be an integral part of the Hollywood industry and contributed to performing arts for all of history. Most Hollywood superstars are reluctant to admit their sexuality. However, there have been movies depicting same-sex love; the same love to be accepted in real life took years. Also, even today, movies featuring LGBTQ+ characters are rated more strictly than with straight characters. Observing this Stigma around LGBTQ+ content on-screen makes sense that most of these celebrities who are identified as LGBTQ+ are not always up to talking about their status, but on the contrary, many celebrities are speaking up for them, and the whole LGBTQ+ community is becoming celebrated advocates for them.
5 Secret Gay Hollywood Actors That Never Revealed Their Sexuality
Taking the stigma related to the LGBTQ+ community under consideration, there have been a lot of celebrities and Hollywood actors, for the longest time, who have hidden their sexualities so that it does not affect their career. Some of those are listed below whose sexualities are revealed after their death or by rumors, but they themselves never utter about it.
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the Queen rock band. The Queen frontman and rock icon was involved with both men and women but never publicly confirmed his sexuality, a decision that may have been prompted by the period he lived in. Queen's Freddie Mercury never wanted to have an in-depth discussion about his sexuality with the publicity. However, it was well known that this icon of rock had had relationships with both men and women. At one point, he claimed to be bisexual, but he may have been a gay man who got involved with members of the opposite sex because he was trying to survive — and build a career — in a very homophobic world. Mercury died of an AIDS-related illness at the age of 45, taking his personal insights into his sexuality to the grave. He never revealed his sexuality to his family as they were rampant homophobic and Zoroastrianism practitioners where gay was seen as demon worship. Freddie dated Mary Austin and lived with her for many years till he revealed his bisexuality.
Cary Grant was an English-American actor. Long before his death, there were rumors that Grant was gay. In the last few decades, incidental evidence has emerged to support that contention with qualifications. Orrey-Kelly, in an unpublished autobiography discovered decades after his 1964 death, profiles an on-and-off-again volatile relationship with Grant. Then there are the provocative photos of Grant with his periodic roommate Randolph Scott (in between their short-term marriages), which today would suggest a domicile gay couple that even in the 1930s raised eyebrows. However, Eyman insists the photos were a publicity stunt engineered by Paramount to promote two of its up-and-coming stars.
The famous actor decided to hide his homosexuality for fear of ruining or affecting his career. Somehow the decade in which this actor lived did not allow him to feel safe to reveal his sexual orientation; however, he lived with his male partner until his death. Raymond Burr was gay but was forced to hide his sexuality for most of his life due to the homophobia of his days. He had a 35-year romantic relationship with Robert Benevides, a young actor and Korean war veteran whom Burr had met on the set of Perry Mason. For several years in the 1950s, according to an excerpt from Hiding in Plain Sight, a 2008 biography of Burr written by Michael Starr, another young Korean War veteran named Frank Vitti shared Burr's home and was identified in some publications as his nephew.
Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, was one of a trio of male actors who dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. This famous actor, after his death, generated rumor about his homosexuality. A biography of the actor published after his death revealed that he had several more sexual relationships throughout his life, but he never wanted the truth to come out.
Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and writer. He died in 1999, but before dying, hi-bond is the most important role. He had an affair with a man but always wanted to keep their intimacy out of public light. He shared his home with Anthony for over 40 years. Bogarde always publicly denied he was a homosexual, though later in life, he confessed that he and his manager, Anthony Forwood, had a long-term relationship. When Bogarde met him in 1939, Forwood was a theatrical manager who eventually married and divorced Glynis Johns. Forwood became Bogarde's friend and subsequently his life partner, and the two moved to France together in 1968. They bought a 15th-century farmhouse near Grasse in Provence in the early 1970s, which they restored. Bogarde and Forwood lived in the house until 1983 when they returned to London so that Forwood could be treated for cancer, from which he eventually died in 1988. Bogarde nursed him in the last few months of his life.
Gay Hollywood Rumors that Turned Out to Be True
Rumors are always based on some element of truth, whether it was a spoken word having lunch with the wrong person, or a simple kiss on the cheek. Rumors have the ability to send the word into a Frenzy and even change a life forever.
Here are some shocking rumors that turned out to be true:
Many, including Greta Garbo, who was considered the most beautiful woman, were speculated to have tender feelings for her childhood friend Mini Pollack.
Cary Grant is the next known for his good looks. Acting talent came to light as he was rumored to live with actor Randolph Scott for a number of years. Rumors were circulated that the pair were involved romantically.
There is no period when the rumors spread, out of which half got factual and real approval, whereas most of them disagreed to the grave.
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Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer-songwriter and actress admired for her voice; her music incorporates elements of different styles and genres, including pop, country pop, hip-hop, experimental, and rock. She herself had made it clear on multiple occasions that although she was in a heterosexual relationship, she still identified as queer. She had announced high-profile romances with multiple exes, both men and women, and revealed about the same in 2015 to the paper magazine in June.
Cyrus about her sexuality at age 14: "I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said 'I love them. I love them like I love boys.' And it was so hard for her to understand," Miley told Paper magazine in June 2015.
"She didn't want me to be judged, and she didn't want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any God. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has," she continued, later adding, "I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl." Cyrus further revealed in her Paper interview about coming into her own sexuality. "I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal, and everyone is of age," she said. "Everything that's legal, I'm down with. Yo, I'm down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18.
Gillian Leigh Anderson, OBE, is an American-English film, television, and theatre actor and activist. Her credits include the roles of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the long-running series The X-Files and DSU Stella Gibson on the BBC crime drama television series The Fall. She also played Jean in the Netflix show "Sex Education". In response to a 2012 article, Gillian Anderson wrote,
"It was the first time I revealed this fact in a public forum, and I chose to do so for two reasons. One was that a woman I was in a relationship with had died a few months beforehand, and I felt that it was safe and appropriate to bring it up in the context of our conversation. Many years beforehand, and well beyond our time together, this woman had called me out of the blue at the height of my television fame to say that a tabloid had offered her $60,000 to provide a picture of us together. At the time, for various reasons, not including shame, I did not want that information in the public domain, and despite the fact that she was struggling to pay her rent, I asked her not to sell our story. She took what, at the time, I considered to be the high road. To this day, I regret asking her to do that. That 60 grand would have had a greater positive effect on her life than a negative effect on mine. By discussing our relationship in out, I felt like I was honoring her memory in some way simply by admitting its existence."
Kate McKinnon Berthold is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is known for her character work and celebrity impressions on the sketch comedy series The Big Gay Sketch Show and Saturday. She was never in the closet and always open about her being lesbian. She opens up about being a during Golden Globe speech for presenting Carol Burnett award. While holding her tears back, she spoke candidly and with humor about being gay and the role DeGeneres played in her understanding of herself and what it means for LGBTQ+ people to see themselves represented on screen.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her image reinventions and musical versatility. Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights, and acting in school plays. In an intimate interview with the magazine, Gaga opened up about her image, her relationship with her parents, and the fact that her bisexuality has been an ongoing problem in her relationships with men.
"The fact that I'm into women, they're all intimidated by it," she told the magazine. "It makes them uncomfortable. They're like, 'I don't need to have a threesome; I'm happy with just you.'"—Lady Gaga
Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and lead guitarist of the Green Day rock band, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt in 1985.
Armstrong talked about his sexuality in a 1995 interview with The Advocate.
"I think I've always been bisexual. I mean, it's something that I've always been interested in. 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.
He says that the song "Coming Clean" concerns his sexuality as a teenager in San Francisco.