The actor has long been the subject of critical acclaim and homosexuality rumors, but George Clooney says he refuses to fight off the latter.
If Hollywood men like George Clooney aren’t constantly pairing up and settling down with other sexy starlets, sexuality speculations tend to automatically arise. In a new interview with The Advocate, the actor addresses the talk surrounding his love life, his fight for marriage equality and his “bromance” with Brad Pitt.
“I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, ‘These are lies!’ That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community,” Clooney said, on why he doesn’t react like other celebrities have in the past. “I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing.”
What does he think about people who think he’s gay? “My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a s**t.”
Clooney also clarifies that while he and Brad are frequently photographed together at events, “The truth is that we see each other very rarely, maybe a couple times a year… I’ve had great fun spending time with my friend again over the awards season. Not only do I enjoy him as a person and respect his talent, but I also love what he does in the world. I can’t speak highly enough about how hard he works at making the world better.”
Having a great male friend in the industry and joining the fight for marriage equality doesn’t necessarily categorize him as gay, and he explains his stance on the issue. “It’s always been this albatross that stood out to me as the final leg of the civil rights movement,” he said. “Well before Prop 8, I’ve made the point that every time we’ve stood against equality, we’ve been on the wrong side of history. It’s the same kind of argument they made when they didn’t want blacks to serve in the military, or when they didn’t want blacks to marry whites. One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black. People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side.”