Famous People Who Are Asexual
This list contains information about public figures and famous people who are asexual, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, comedians, and politicians identify themselves as asexual. Now, this does not mean these celebrities are necessarily aromantic.
Some of these celebrities had relationships early in their lives and later became celibate, while others have never had a romantic relationship of any kind. Asexuality means a lack of sexual attraction. The definition of asexual is people who may experience romantic attraction, but do not feel the urge to act on these feelings sexually. Who is the most famous person who is asexual?
Comedian Janeane Garofalo identifies herself as asexual in her stand-up act. She says, "I don't have a fear of intimacy, I have sort of a genuine lack of interest." Fashion consultant Tim Gunn is believed to be one of many famous asexual people as well. Other celebs who have said they are asexual include Paula Poundstone and Mike Skinner.
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Fashion consultant Tim Gunn says that he's identified as asexual since the 80s, when he ended a nearly decade long relationship. After he found out that his boyfriend had been sleeping around, Gunn decided to take a long break from intimacy of that magnitude.
Gunn said, "One night he told me he’d been sleeping around. I could hardly breathe from grief, humiliation and despair. Much of my boyfriend’s 'I’m over this' was about sex. I’ve always been kind of asexual. That breakup was a cold shower to last a lifetime."
- Born: 07-29-1953
- Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
Shortly after she came out in 2015, Caitlyn Jenner told Diane Sawyer in an interview that she was going "with ‘asexual’ for now," though she noted that she would learn more about herself in the year to come.
- Born: 10-28-1949
- Birthplace: Mount Kisco, New York, United States of America
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Comedian Janeane Garofalo identifies herself as asexual in her stand-up act. She says, "I don't have a fear of intimacy, I have sort of a genuine lack of interest."
Garofalo went on to make light of her asexuality in an interview with PhillyMag.com, saying that she doesn't mind when people confuse her for being gay: "It makes me far more interesting than an asexual atheiest."
- Born: 09-28-1964
- Birthplace: Newton, New Jersey, USA
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Comedian Paula Poundstone identifies as asexual. Poundstone says that she simply doesn't enjoy the act, and that she's not super interested in talking about it. It's not just that Poundstone doesn't enjoy the act; she doesn't want the demands of such a lifestyle, either:
"...it’s very messy,” she concedes. “It involves much more work than I’m willing to put out. The idea that I’d go to my room after everything else I go through in a day and that there’d be someone in my room that might expect something like that from me – I just can’t even."
- Born: 12-29-1959
- Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, USA
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Deerhunter and Atlas Sound front man Bradford Cox has often stated that he is asexual in interviews, even though he has also suggested that part of the reason he opted for the title had to do with his comfort zone.
While speaking with Rolling Stone in 2011 he said: "I don’t hide anything, but I also don’t really highlight anything either. For a long time I just said I was asexual, but now I just realized that… I’m still, I guess… I mean, I’m queer. I just sort of, don’t really have a very big self-esteem, so asexuality is sort of like a comfort zone where you don’t get rejected."
- Born: 05-15-1982
- Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Athens
- Photo: Christopher Seufert / Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Noted artist and children's book author Edward Gorey stated that his asexuality is something that informed his work. In an interview conducted in 1980, he was asked if the "sexlessness" of his books was a "product of [his] asexuality," to which his answer was a solid yes.
"Although every now and then someone will say my books are seething with repressed sexuality."
- Born: 02-22-1925
- Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois