Mind Ya Bi’ness, Just Mind Ya Bi’ness: Celebs Who Refuse To Confirm Their Sexual Orientation

February 24, 2014  |  
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It may be 2014 but there are still some celebrities out there who refuse to confirm their sexual preference for one reason or another.


Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah blazed a trail by becoming successful in a male-dominated rap world. As her popularity grew, so did questions about her sexuality. Dogged by rumors for much of her career, Queen Latifah has refused to comment about her personal life. Paparazzi have caught the New Jersey native numerous times with her then-personal trainer/long-time ex-girlfriend Jeanette Jenkins but she has still been adamant about keeping her private life private. At this year’s Grammys, many thought the “Ladies First” rapper would finally come out of the closet while officiating a number of gay marriages at an event before the ceremony, but she didn’t.



We fell in love with her as she played the precocious toddler on the hit sitcom “The Cosby Show.” Raven-Symone got her start in front of the cameras at an early age and grew up before our eyes. While she has amassed a fortune by starring in her own show as well as movies, she’s also been the subject of major speculation. Word started to spread about the “That’s So Raven” star being romantically linked with “America’s Next Top Model” contestant AzMarie Livingston, but fiercely guarded Symone tweeted this May 2012: “My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m dating’s to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life.” However, she may have let the cat out of the bag a year later with her comment on legalizing gay marriage, “I was excited to hear today that more states legalized gay marriage. I, however am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to.”


Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey is known as one of the greatest actors of our time but the Usual Suspects star is also known to value his privacy. When asked about his sexual orientation, the Academy award-winning actor refused to give a yes or a no. Instead, he reiterated his right to privacy: “I don’t live a lie. You have to understand that people who choose not to discuss their personal lives are not living a lie,” he said, adding, “No one’s personal life is in the public interest. It’s gossip, bottom line.”


Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae has danced to the beat of a different drummer for all of her career. The “Tightrope” singer has never publicly addressed her sexual preference or the gay rumors that surround her but did say during a 2011 interview that when it comes to her preferences, she only dates androids. “I speak about androids because I think the android represents the new ‘other,’” Monae said. “You can compare it to being a lesbian or being a gay man or being a black woman. What I want is for people who feel oppressed or feel like the ‘other’ to connect with the music and to feel like, ‘She represents who I am’,” adding that she would talk about her sexual orientation “in due time.”


Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars’ style is a throwback to a time when entertainers like Elvis Pressley and Little Richard ruled the charts and being gay was a taboo. In 2012, it was reported that the “Just the Way You Are” singer admitted he was gay but a rep for Mars quickly spoke up and said that was just not the truth. He may love singing about sex but Bruno Mars himself has been mum about his sexual orientation.


Richard Simmons

A young and obese Richard Simmons moved to Los Angeles in the 70’s and, determined to change his health for the better, developed an interest in fitness. Opening his own dance studio, Simmons quickly became known for helping others lose weight and soon a star was born. While he became internationally known for encouraging other to slim down by sweatin’ to the oldies, he has also been known to keep quiet about his personal life. Simmons has never responded to the speculation surrounding his sexuality.


Vin Diesel

Actor Vin Diesel is known as the one of the buffest action movie stars in Hollywood. But even he has been the subject of gay rumors. When asked about the long-standing speculation about his sexuality, the Fast and Furious star explains, “I’m not gonna put it out there on a magazine cover like some other actors.I come from the Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino code of silence.” Diesel also said he prefers to date in Europe, where he’s not as easily recognized and prefers not to date other celebrities because that is just asking for trouble.


Zac Efron

Heartthrob Zac Efron had teenaged girls across the country hanging on to his every word as the star of Disney’s High School Musical. Much of his fans were heart-broken when they learned he was dating fellow co-star Vanessa Hudgens. The couple had been together since 2005 but that didn’t stop him from being the subject of gay rumors. When asked about it, Efron, who broke up with Hudgens in 2010, laughed it off: “Honestly, if the worst he can say about me is that I’m gay, then I think I’ll be fine. I can handle it.”


James Franco

James Franco got his big break starring in the short-lived cult classic television show “Freaks and Geeks” and since then, he’s gone on to have a successful career in Hollywood. The eccentric actor has revealed that gay rumors have followed him much of his life, starting in high school and continuing on throughout his career. It continued especially after he played gay rights activist Scott Smith and debuted his homoerotic film Interior. Leather Bar. at the Sundance Film Festival. Brushing them off, the “Pineapple Express,” said he doesn’t believe in labels and is not defined by them.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt got his start in acting at an early age in such movies as A River Runs Through It and Angels In The Outfield before starring as Tommy Solomon on the hit sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun. Identifying himself as a feminist, Gordon-Levitt has also been accused of not identifying himself as gay. When asked about his sexual orientation, he refused to comment on it saying, “That would be really tacky—they would win if I had to clarify.”


George Clooney

Hollywood actor George Clooney has been romantically linked to a bevy of beautiful women so that must make him straight, right? Well, he has still been the subject of gay rumors and when pressed about the issue by the media, the former “ER” star has said he won’t deny the rumors because that would be an insult to the gay community. Clooney has also vowed to never get married or have any children.


Eddie Murphy

Comedian Eddie Murphy used to joke about being afraid to marry because he didn’t want to lose half his fortune in a divorce. He was protected by a pre-nup so when his marriage to wife and mother of his five children Nicole Murphy ended after 13 years, he was not a poor man. However, he wasn’t protected from gay rumors and word of a relationship with R&B singer Johnny Gill. It didn’t help matters when Murphy was busted driving around with a transgender in the passenger seat. While Murphy has been cagey about the rumors, Gill spoke about it, still not giving a definitive yes or no answer: “Eddie’s always been Eddie and anybody that knows Eddie knows Eddie lives Eddie’s life and he will look at you straight up and tell you, “Aye keep messing with me and I’ll hit you with my wallet and knock you out and keep it rocking!”


Ed Koch

Politician Ed Koch took the helms as mayor of New York City during a particularly tough time. But during the campaign his rival Mario Cuomo took shots at Koch’s sexual orientation with the slogan, “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo.” When asked outright, Koch was all too happy to respond, It’s none of your f*cking business.” A lifelong bachelor, Koch passed away last year at the age of 88.


Luther Vandross

Legendary singer Luther Vandross has made some of the most classic baby-making music of his time. Known for his sweet voice, many wondered if the “Never Too Much” singer was gay or straight. While he has never spoken publicly about his private life, it wasn’t until after his death that some of his friends spoke up. Less than a year after Vandross died at the age of 54 from a heart attack and complications of a stroke, his gay pals detailed the singer’s secret homosexual life in a magazine expose.


Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson helped guide not one but two daughters throughout their singing careers. While Jessica and Ashlee have lived their lives in the public eye, their father made headlines of his own. Rumors swirled around that Papa Joe was divorcing his wife Tina because he was tired of living a lie and was ready to live life as a gay man. But don’t expect him to publicly announce it. A source close to the family has said the elder Simpson wants to stay silent on the matter, “out of respect for his family, and is also afraid that his reputation as a God-loving Christian will be tarnished.”

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  • Carmen Luczak

    Who cares. I admit my curiosity is peaked. On the other hand, when I do know it makes it hard to believe that person is a certain character [straight] and takes away the interest. It’s their business. No body should give a hoot. Am I right?

  • Rps Jr

    Have you ever asked Richard Simmons if he was gay?

  • Cassarah Love Ya Peony

    PRESLEY!!! If you are going to write a big name in the History of American Music at least spell it right!

  • Tamsin Mc Cormick

    If you are not a gay person and you are asked the straight question “Are you gay ?”
    If you are not gay the answer is no . If you are gay just say yes. But it is better to make the announcement at an event than to give some paparazzo the trophy of getting you to admit you are gay. making the announcement yourself gives you control . I imagine that is what this is all about really . But not answering the straight question will just reinforce any rumours !! By the way If Eddie Murphy has a transgender in his car – that does not make him gay unless the transgender is a transgender man. However the article doesn’t say if thay were doing anything or if he was just giving an acquaintance a ride home !!

  • Sandbrn

    I wont scroll through the photos because it is no ones business what you do in your own bedroom, as long as it doesn’t involve children or animals.

  • Addicted2RealityRubbish

    Raven looks cute in that picture… A little like Tracey Ross

  • Ladé

    Tyler Perry is missing from this list

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    it’s nobody’s business who anybody’s sleeping with gay or straight unless they choose to make it so.

  • Jaytee2

    Why are we so obsessed with who a total stranger is sexing? Will it change their music? Will it change my life in anyway??

  • MJangel4927

    I would have to hear it from Luther himself that he was gay. Whoever did that interview wanted cash! Smh money grabbing idiots! And Luther dated Aretha Franklin!

    • Taryn Bryant

      I heard he had a thing for Dionne Warwick. And if you hear “anything” from Luther right now…you’re on your own.

      • MJangel4927

        LOL! I heard about Dionne as well but after seeing her on Celeb Apprentice I’m kind of glad nothing really happened with that cuz Dionne is a snake!

        • Taryn Bryant

          Wooo… Do tell. What happened?

  • Sunnii Dae

    The real question is, “Why do they think these celebs owe them an explanation?”

  • Hated It

    This list was ridiculous. So, if any celebrity has been ever asked if they’re gay then all of a sudden they’re hiding their sexuality? Seem like this was a list of random people just thrown together to make a story. Does one need to announce he’s heterosexual in order to appease the public? A few on this list have been attached to many women and some choose to not hold a press conference when they’re dating someone.

  • Khalessi22

    C’mon Richard Simmons like really…….that aint no secret!!! And for the record why is ones sexuality so important and what business is it for the entire world to know?

  • Trisha_B

    They don’t need to come out or confirm anything. They just need to go about their business like everyone else. They don’t need the worlds permission to show up at an event w/ their partner, just do it!

  • Ajuanya Washington

    Why is the media and gay organizations so obsessed with who people sleep with, especially in the entertainment industry, they should not have to explain who or what they are doing with their private lives. It has gotten old, ” is she gay or is he gay” so what if they are, it is none of your BUSINESS get a life!!!

  • Chelsea M

    Bruno Mars is engaged to a woman. Didn’t Vin Diesel have a baby with a Vicki Secret model?

    A lot of times people run into people that they find attractive and they get along with. Sometimes it’s a woman or a man. Example: Michelle Rodriguez

  • Losers

    While theres nothing wrong with being gay, its up to the individual if they want to while some have no problem. Just waiting to see if Kanye and Jay-Z decide to address they’re sexual preference. Since they love looking for same sex lovers instead of working

    • Sandia

      Jay and Ye are out looking for dudes? Is there proof?Jay has so much money why would he marry a woman and have a child if he prefers a man? He could just be a lifelong bachelor entertaining men.

    • Tee

      #1 It’s “their.” #2 hush

  • Fleur de sel

    This list should just be called gay celebrities who refuse to come out

    • sasha

      Nah I am pretty sure that Janelle Monae is straight(I think she has a long term bf), but you can’t very well come out as straight, it makes it seem like you are insulted to be suspected to be gay. You can rock an androgynous style and still be straight, like grace jones or prince.