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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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: 1982-05-15
- Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, United States of America
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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: 1925-02-22
- Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Asexual advocate David Jay began the Asexual Visibility and Education Network in 2002. He stated in an interview that his youth was spent trying to figure out his sexuality, and he didn't understand why he was different.
Jay said, "Everyone was telling me sex was going to be a really essential part of my evolution into adulthood. Sex was supposed to be the beginning of how I would connect with people. And so I assumed that because I wasn’t experiencing a great sexual awakening, that I, too, was broken.”
- Born: 1982-04-24
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Author and winner of the Man Booker Prize for her 1985 novel The Bone People, Keri Hulme actively identifies as asexual. She told the New Zealand Herald that she didn't wake up one day with a bolt of lightning saying that she was asexual, but that it was more of a "slow realization."
She continued, saying that as a teen having sex "didn't intrigue [her] in the slightest."
- Born: 1947-03-09
- Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand