Actor George Clooney has been the hot subject again of gay rumors, but “The Descendants” star just shrugs it all off, saying he doesn’t mind. In an interview with ‘The Advocate,’ George Clooney denied the allegations once again and came clean about the paparazzi gay rumors, all while revealing intimate details of his so-called “bromance” with “Ocean’s Eleven” co-star Brad Pitt, additionally talking about his much-publicized support for marriage equality.
“My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it,” the 50-year-old George Clooney told Advocate. “Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a s–t,” said Clooney against the gay rumors
George Clooney took note that it is vital he remains sensitive to how he addresses the gay rumors.
“I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, ‘These are lies!’ That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing.”
In accordance to the gay rumors, George Clooney also told the magazine his first exposure to gay people came when he was about 13 or 14 and his father, Nick Clooney, was doing dinner theater in Ohio and introduced him to the cast.
“It was the first time I understood that there was this whole other culture and society, and I found it very interesting,” George Clooney said. “I’m so lucky to have been raised the way I have, because my parents believed that everyone had the right to their own feelings, opinions and existence; as long as they weren’t harming others, you had to defend those rights. Although the Catholic Church didn’t teach us those things, that’s how I was raised.”
Despite the gay rumors, George Clooney’s relationship with model-actress Stacy Keibler has made them Hollywood’s buzziest couple. He also actively supports gay rights and marriage equality. On March 3, the actor will participate in a star-studded, one-night-only reading in Los Angeles of 8, Dustin Lance Black’s play inspired by Proposition 8. George Clooney told the mag that he signed up for the reading because “I felt that it was important to again bring focus to an issue that, in the very near future, we’ll look back on and laugh at the fact that it was ever an issue. It’s the right thing to do.”
In reference to his relationship with co-actor Brad Pitt, George Clooney clarified that while the two of them are frequently photographed together at award shows and other events, “the truth is that we see each other very rarely, maybe a couple times a year.” Clooney went on to note, “I’ve had great fun spending time with my friend again over the awards season. Not only do I enjoy him as a person and respect his talent, but I also love what he does in the world. I can’t speak highly enough about how hard he works at making the world better.”
Amidst the gay rumors, why does George Clooney feel so passionate about marriage equality, despite California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage? “It’s always been this albatross that stood out to me as the final leg of the civil rights movement,” the actor said. “Well before Prop. 8, I’ve made the point that every time we’ve stood against equality, we’ve been on the wrong side of history. It’s the same kind of argument they made when they didn’t want blacks to serve in the military, or when they didn’t want blacks to marry whites. One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black. People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side.”