Just because a guy can sing, dance, act and be a Hollywood heartthrob he must be gay? Isn’t that stereotyping just a bit? Especially if the guy — Hugh Jackman, in this case — has been married for almost 17 years to Deborra-Lee Furness and has two kids with her? One would think that would get a stitch annoying after a while. Hugh admitted as much when he told The Hollywood Reporter recently that “it bugs” his wife. Lauren Shuler Donner, X-Men producer, defends Hugh by revealing that after being on five sets with him she has “never seen him eye anyone” and that he was in love with his wife when Shuler met him while doing Oklahoma, and he still is. This persistent rumor can go away anytime now. Hugh’s a good actor, but no one can pretend to be a besotted husband for 17 years.
Why have gay rumors plagued Richard Gere lo these many years? Yeah, so there was that urban legend about Richard Gere, um, falling and landing on a gerbil. Gere probably didn’t do much to squelch the gay noise by taking roles in American Gigolo and the gay-themed Broadway production Bent. Gere has also campaigned for HIV/AIDS awareness and is an advocate of gay marriage. But here are two fundamental points the people miss when insisting that Richard Gere is gay: He’s been married to Carey Lowell since 2002 and Gere’s brother is gay (which may explain his activism). Sorry to burst the gay-sayer’s bubble, but it appears Gere may just be a loving and supporting brother, which is a bit more believable than him hiding in the closet for the last four decades.
John Travolta has been accused of having Saturday Night Fever, but it has nothing to do with his role in the legendary movie. Travolta is so not in love with the gay rumors that haunt him that his attorney threatened to sue Gawker for publishing a detailed eye-witness account of Travolta’s non-straight activities. Robert Randolph summarizes his alleged firsthand account (poor choice of words?) by saying Travolta’s extra-curricular activities is L.A.’s worst-kept secret, affirming that “everyone in L.A. knows.” While these types of tales have grown in numbers lately, we’ll probably never know (and do we really care?) if Randolph is telling the truth. Our hearts would certainly go out to Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, and his kids if he has, in fact, been living a dual life.
The ongoing rumor that Tom Cruise is gay is baffling. What are we saying here? Really good-looking men must be gay? Is this a conspiracy hatched by heterosexual males who are threatened by the female adoration that follows certain celebrities? Tom Cruise is a lot of things. His behavior can be unpredictable, he says weird things about Scientology from time to time, and in recent years he’s conjured up this spooky, phony laugh that kind of gives us chills. But does that make him gay? Admittedly, there has been all that talk of “wife auditions,” as if having a wife is a bit of a front, and the fact that he has a hard time staying married, but if the latter is how we determine a guy’s sexual orientation then the gay population just tripled.
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