Are They Trapped In The Closet Or Not? Celebs Accused Of Being Gay
It seems like every celebrity has been called gay at some point or another. But for these celebrities, the gay accusations have been a bit more intense and a lot more permanent. True or not, I’ve refrained from making a case for gay or straight in regard to any of these celebrities, because a) my gaydar has never been exact and b) I’m just not touching that! Flip to see fifteen celebrities who’ve had to endure those pesky gay rumors. What’s your verdict?
Oprah Winfrey has been laughing off rumors of her being romantically involved with Gayle King for years. The origin of such rumors, I wouldn’t know – though I assume they probably have something to do with Oprah’s long-term relationship with Stedman, which has always been discreet, in stark contrast to her friendship with Gayle, which has always been highly publicized. Nevertheless, those irksome gay rumors persist.
“I’m not a lesbian” Oprah once told Barbara Walters in an interview, “I’m not even kind of a lesbian.”
For those who believe that Chris Bosh may be gay, they no doubt have considered his sweet faces, broken wrists, puckered lips, and infamous “champagne shower” as evidence. But for those in disbelief, they likely consider that Chris Bosh is married to Adrienne Williams, has a daughter, and of course a full-bodied sense of humor.
There must be something awfully telling about John Legend’s sexuality, because it sure didn’t take long for people to begin questioning whether the singer was gay or straight. Some said it was his style and mannerisms that made them unsure, while others said it was his entourage, which is rumored to be comprised of many gay men. Whatever it may be, John Legend remains untroubled by the rumors and continues to dismiss them as just that, plus he’s got Chrissy Teigen on his arm now.
No matter what John Travolta does it seems he’ll never stem the gay rumors – or stop the lawsuits. Just this year, the Saturday Night Fever actor has faced five allegations brought forward by different people; all of them alleging similar harms. Two masseuses claimed that Travolta sexually assaulted them and sued for sexual battery; a Chilean cruise worker claimed that Travolta sexually assaulted him on a cruise ship after propositioning him for sex; the author of You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again (a supposedly true story chronicling the author’s sexual encounters with Travolta) sued Travolta for libel, after accusing the actor and his lawyer of making false statements about his mental health; and most recently, Travolta’s former pilot brought harassment charges, alleging Travolta’s legal team threatened him after he revealed details of a supposed affair with Travolta. The masseuses’ cases and author’s case have since been dropped.
The Alicia Keys gay rumors began very early in the singer’s career and persisted right up until her 2010 marriage to Swizz Beatz. If you remember, Alicia’s early style was characterized by cornrows and doorags, which despite being kind of cute, incited some serious speculation into her sexuality. Alicia admits that her look was a bit tomboy-ish, but that it felt most natural given that she’d grown up in the rough Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan – where showing too much skin and attracting too much attention was dangerous. Turns out, she carried this belief right on into her dealings with fame. Alicia said:
“I didn’t want attention like that so I shrank away from it. It was awhile before I became comfortable as a young lady to be able to dress more feminine.”
What is it about Tyler Perry that makes everyone think “gay”? Is it because of his title role as Madea or the fact that he hasn’t had many high profile relationships… ? Whatever the reason, speculation into Perry’s homosexuality began immediately following the big screen release of his first Madea flick, and hasn’t stopped since. Although there’s no definitive evidence of his being gay, and actual evidence of – what could be considered – his being straight (despite his 2011 engagement to an Ethiopian model), the rumors continue to swirl.
Eddie Murphy has been suspected of being gay ever since the 1997 arrest of a transsexual prostitute who he claimed just happened to be in his car for no sexual reason. Since then, the actor has stuck to this story, even adding that he was simply being a “good Samaritan” by giving the young “woman” a ride. But this wouldn’t be the last time we’d hear about Eddie Murphy’s sexuality. Following the incident, numerous sources reported seeing the actor cruising through West Hollywood neighborhoods known for transsexual prostitution. Not to mention his close friendship with New Edition member, Johnny Gill; a relationship that has long been side-eyed for being more intimate than friendly. It’s even been speculated that Murphy and Gill’s down-low arrangement was the direct cause of Murphy’s divorce from Nicole.
R&B crooner Ne-Yo has belted out the hits for years while simultaneously battling incessant gay rumors that likely have something to do with his (sometimes) super-arched eyebrows and freshly-glossed lips. Ne-Yo admits that the rumors have been hurtful, but at this point doesn’t really give a flying f– what we think, because as he told S2S magazine:
“I got two kids and a beautiful woman at my side… Buy the album, though”
Tom Cruise has endured gay rumors throughout much of his thirty year career, though he’s always fiercely denied them. The rumors first surfaced in 1990 around the time he married Nicole Kidman: a marriage that skeptics alleged was a bogus attempt to cover up a secret homosexual lifestyle. But things didn’t get really messy until years later, when a gay pornstar claimed to have carried on an affair with Cruise during his marriage to Kidman. Cruise subsequently sued the pants off the pornstar in a $100 million defamation lawsuit that he won.
Rumors were quelled – or rather, whispered –until Cruise’s 2000 divorce from Kidman, when another gay pornstar alleged having an affair with Cruise, which, this time, resulted in Cruise’s divorce. Like the first pornstar, Cruise took this one to town in a $46 million lawsuit that would once again stop the gay rumors, temporarily.
Shemar Moore may have dated Halle Berry, Toni Braxton, and a host of beautiful models, but he still can’t escape the gay rumors that have followed him his entire career. The reason? – Probably the juicy stories about his lifestyle and sexual encounters that continue to flourish, in addition to his well-groomed appearance. Also, his swimming nude at a gay nude beach probably didn’t help much.
Speculation into the former Disney star, Raven Symone’s sexuality began years ago, but recently intensified when sources reported that she was dating former ANTM contestant AzMarie Livingston. In response to all of the buzz, Raven took to Twitter to proclaim that her sexuality is her own and that she would not be disclosing who she’s dating.
Casper Smart’s sexuality didn’t really come into question until earlier this year, when witnesses spotted him entering a popular NYC adult peepshow known for being a gay hangout. Some disbelievers assumed he’d entered the peepshow building not to view the actual show but to visit the attached sex shop – a likely scenario, except that Smart didn’t exit the building with any bags and was never spotted entering the shop – only the peepshow. Despite these rumors, Jennifer Lopez appears unconcerned and is still regularly photo’d out with her boo.
James L. Avery
Here’s one that may come as a surprise to some of you. James Avery, the actor who played “Uncle Phil” on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has long been rumored to be gay. Although I’m not entirely sure why and the rumor has never been highly publicized. It’s kind of just one of those things that people have always said…
Rap star Eve faced gay accusations early in her career, when her style was rough – Ruff Ryders rough. Her look came complete with cornrows, doo rags, and a don’t f—with me attitude to match. When asked about the gay rumors now, Eve admits that they were harsh but she understands – she was often approached by women back in the day.
I’m not sure if people have accused Trey Songz of being gay because they whole-heartedly believe it or because they just want to perpetuate rumors. Either way, Songz has been romantically linked to a number of men despite there being no evidence for such claims. Songz has admitted to being initially stunned by the rumors, but remains adamant that he is not homosexual and “loves the ladies.”