Actors Rumored to Be Gay People

Actors Rumored to Be Gay

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When it comes to celebrities, people love to gossip about their sexuality. Maybe it’s because of their above the clouds status that regular Joes doesn’t have a problem discussing whether or not particular actors are secretly gay or not. Or maybe audiences believe everyone at the top of the Hollywood scrap heap has a juicy sex secret. Whatever the reason for celebrity gay rumors, not all of them are true! On this list are some of the biggest suspected homosexual actors, at least according to the gossip rags and Internet chatter. Take a look through this collection of faces from film and television and see which actors you love are rumored to be gay.

When it comes to whether or not someone is gay, the truth is...IT DOESN"T MATTER! But when you’re the face of a multi-million dollar film, the last thing you want is a scandal to pop up and destroy your film’s chances of making money. There’s a massive debate to be had about whether or not closeted gay actors should come out of the closet. One side says they should, in order to give a voice to everyone struggling to live as their own true selves, but on the other, it’s not really anyone’s business what anyone does in the privacy of their own home. But that doesn’t change the fact that speculating about whether an actor is gay or not is older than Hollywood itself. Put on your detective hat, cast your votes, and start trying to figure out which of these celebrities is secretly gay.


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    Elijah Wood
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    No one knows where the gay rumors about the Lord of the Rings star started, but word on the street is that he doesn't mind the free press
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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: USA, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    • Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Sin City, + more
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    When a New York Observer article on closeted Hollywood stars was released in 2012, one writer seemed to latch on to the idea that the author of the article was directing at least a few paragraphs at Crawford
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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Lubbock
    • Credits: Gossip Girl, The Covenant, What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Twelve, + more
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    John Travolta
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    The rumors of John Travolta's sexuality have been around since he was getting over his Saturday Night Fever, but he only started responding to them recently
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: USA, Englewood, New Jersey
    • Credits: Pulp Fiction, Grease, Carrie, Saturday Night Fever, The Thin Red Line, + more
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    The Arrow co-star has been dodging questions about his sexuality since a fan posted about his "secret gay past" on Tumblr, prompting a cheeky response from Haynes. 
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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
    • Credits: Transformers, Teen Wolf, Arrow, The Gates, San Andreas, + more
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    Ever since Lautner started showing off his beautiful abs in Twilight, people have been throwing around rumors about his sexuality. He didn't help matters much when he made an appearance at famous West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey
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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Grand Rapids
    • Credits: Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, + more
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    Similar to John Travolta, gay rumors have been dogging Tom Cruise since he busted onto the scene in the 80s. It seems that no matter what Cruise does, whether it's marrying two babes or climb a building in Dubai, the rumors will continue to follow him.
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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Syracuse
    • Credits: Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, The Outsiders, + more
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    TBH, it seems like the only person spreading gay rumors about Josh Hutcherson is Josh Hutcherson. 
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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Union, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Credits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Polar Express, American Splendor, + more
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    Zac Efron
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    The only real rumors about Zac Efron's sexuality have mostly been thrown around by James Franco, but it's still fun to imagine. 
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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Luis Obispo
    • Credits: Hairspray, The Lorax, High School Musical, 17 Again, That Awkward Moment, + more
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    Gay rumors are sure to follow any hot young star, this goes double for anyone that was in Star Wars
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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Credits: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Virgin Suicides, Jumper, In the Mouth of Madness, + more
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    Gay rumors probably started following Dekker around when he passed up on two major roles to act opposite Elvira and Mink Stole in All About Evil.
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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America
    • Credits: The Secret Circle, Star Trek Generations, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, My Sister's Keeper, + more
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    James Franco
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    The rumors about James Franco's sexuality started popping up as soon as he cleaned up after Freaks and Geeks and started talking about art, but he doesn't seem to care
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    • Credits: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Oz the Great and Powerful, Freaks and Geeks, + more
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    Jake Gyllenhaal
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    After Brokeback Mountain, gay rumors wouldn't stop following Gyllenhaal around. The 32-year-old actor insisted he took it as a "huge compliment."
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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Credits: Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac, The Day After Tomorrow, Prisoners, + more
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    According to Alexis Arquette, she slept with Leto while she was still a man, so there's that. 
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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Bossier City, Bossier Parish, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Credits: Fight Club, American Psycho, Requiem for a Dream, The Thin Red Line, My So-Called Life, + more
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    Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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    The rumors about Jonathan Rhys Meyers' sexuality revved up after he started taking all the gay roles, Gawker even worked out a whole theory about it
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Drimnagh, Republic of Ireland
    • Credits: Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Match Point, August Rush, + more
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    There are SO MANY RUMORS about Kevin Spacey being gay or maybe bi-sexual, take your pick as to which one you prefer. 
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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: USA, South Orange, New Jersey
    • Credits: American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects, A Bug's Life, Superman Returns, + more
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    Ed Westwick
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    Most of the rumors about Westwick's sexuality come from this photo of the actor holding hands with his handsome bro
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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: England, Stevenage
    • Credits: Children of Men, Gossip Girl, J. Edgar, S. Darko, 100 Feet, + more
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    Rumors about Perry's sexuality have been bouncing around the Internet since the first Madea film was released. Some sites have even dug into his supposed ex-lover whom they allege Perry refers to as his "ex-employee."
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Credits: Star Trek, Gone Girl, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Big Happy Family, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, + more
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    Keanu's sexuality was thrown into question after he started dating transgender actress Jamie Clayton. 
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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Lebanon, Beirut
    • Credits: The Matrix, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Matrix Reloaded, Point Break, + more
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    Most of the rumors about Radcliffe come from his love of playing gay or sexually ambiguous characters like Allen Ginsberg. 
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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: Fulham, London, England
    • Credits: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, + more
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    Alexander Ludwig
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    Most of the gay rumors about Alexander Ludwig began when he wore pink swim trunks. Yep. 
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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Credits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Lone Survivor, Grown Ups 2, Vikings, + more
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