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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.

George Michael is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Celebrities Who Were Outed
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In 1998, pop singer George Michael 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."

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Age: 53

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more

Credits: Deadpool, Beverly Hills Cop II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Rules of Attraction

Also Ranked

#26 on The Best Singers of All Time

#93 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#7 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#9 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Celebrities Who Were Outed
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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 Gay Pride Parade.

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Age: 56

Profession: Businessperson

Also Ranked

#37 on The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Celebrities Who Were Outed
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In 2010, photos of Queen Latifah embracing her then-girlfriend, professional trainer Jeanette Jenkins, were published on Bossip.com. In 2011, Tia Mowry made reference to Jenkins being Latifah's "friend" on "The Wendy Williams Show."

Queen Latifah has yet to come out of the closet, but she has been open with her support of LGBT rights and equality.

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Living Single, Bringing Down the House, Chicago, Arctic Tale

Also Ranked

#30 on The Best African American Actors in Film

#10 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

#36 on The Best Film Actors Who Got Famous on TV First

#98 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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T. R. Knight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Celebrities Who Were Outed
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T.R. Knight wasn't officially outed, but the actor has stated that his "Grey's Anatomy" co-star Isaiah Washington calling him a homophobic slur caused him to publicly come out of the closet. He said, "So I think when that happened, something shifted, and it became bigger than myself."

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: Grey's Anatomy, 42, Charlie Lawrence, Last Request, Garmento, + more

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