15 Celebrities Who Were Outed

This list contains information about celebrities who were outed as gay, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Coming out as gay is a very personal decision, but some famous people were outed by the media, or friends, with out their prior consent. Several politicians with anti-gay rights voting records have been outed as homosexual.

Who is the most famous person who has been outed as gay? George Michael tops this list. In 1998, the pop singer was outed after he was arrested for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom in California. He has been very open about his sexuality since the incident. He even mocked his arrest in the video for his single "Outside."

In June 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook was outed by CNBC anchor Simon Hobbs. “I think Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he’s gay at the head of Apple isn’t he,” asked Hobbs. After a long pause, his guest, New York Times journalist Jim Stewart, said, "No. I don’t want to comment on anybody who might or might not be." A few days after being outed, Cook posed with fans at San Francisco’s recent Gay Pride Parade.

Did you know that these celebs consider themselves gay, lesbian, or bisexual? Are you surprised that these celebrities were outed without their consent? Share your thoughts in the comments section.