Tom Daley is gay!gay!gay! The 19-year-old British diving star with the world’s most perfect body, who won a bronze medal at last summer’s Olympics and is one of Britain’s most famous athletes, posted a YouTube video this morning with the announcement. Of course, it’s really no surprise to ANYONE, but it’s just so nice that he finally realized it himself and came out in such a direct way. “Come spring, this year, my life changed. Massively. When I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy. And it did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that it could happen, but it wasn’t until the spring of this year that something clicked. It felt right. Like I said, my whole world just changed right there and then.” Sweet huh? Sooooo happy and excited for him. (t/y JD)
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“I was so young. It made me go back in the closet [with the media] because I was so overwhelmed at 26 or 27. I didn’t want the responsibility, I didn’t know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late. Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms. They don’t stop to think about what’s going on in somebody’s personal life, and the struggles that they’re having. It was all very scary. We got death threats. It was a really rough time for me, but I was also having the time of my life.” –Sean Hayes, on coming out on his own terms (photo: Pacific Coast News, via Huffington Post)
Andy Cohen‘s Mom filmed a video for the Watch What Happens Live! youtube channel talking about what it was like when Andy came out. She says she was shocked at first and “didn’t know what to do” because at the time, all she knew about the gay community was the bad stuff. But she educated herself by volunteering at an AIDS organization. Watch this video. It’s really nice to hear GOOD coming out stories! Happy national coming out day! Yay!
A major star just came out. Kind of. Or maybe we’re just being trolled. Anyway, it’s fun to pretend this is real and play the guessing game. Here’s the open letter that appeared on Reddit a few days ago:
“I will not reveal who I’ve worked with or what I’ve starred in obviously, as I don’t want to be identified. I love my career, and I know I would lose my leading man status if I ever came out. I feel terribly guilty about many different things.
“First of all, I feel like I’m misleading my fans. I know a lot of women watch my movies to watch me, and part of that is fantasy, and I feel like it’s all based on a lie. They do a lot market analysis in Hollywood. I get told about which demographics I do well with, and I feel like I’m misleading so many people, or letting them down.
“I am dating another well known personality, and we’ve been publicly together for a while now. I know she expects to get married, the press expect us to get married, but of course this would be a great disservice to her. Truth be told I think she knows. She is a wonderful woman and a wonderful person and I don’t deserve someone as loving and trusting in my life, and I truly do love her, but I’m not in love with her, and sex with her, despite her beauty, is difficult for me.
“I also feel terribly guilty because I know there are so many gay kids out there and I feel like by not coming out, and not providing that public display of being gay and being successful I’m letting them down. Public figures like Ellen DeGeneres coming out when I was younger made a huge difference to me, and I feel like I should be paying it forward, but I’m too afraid of my whole life being ruined.
“I’ve only told a few people. I’ve been with two men since my career has started. Both have been, thankfully, very discrete. My two best friends from before I became mainstream know, and have been supportive. I’ve told two gay actors who have come out because I trusted they would keep it to themselves, having been in the same position. They were comforting and told me to do what I needed to do, but it didn’t assuage my guilt at all. I tested the water with my agent, who basically told me “Faggots don’t make it in this town,” and then went on to basically explain that he would never represent a gay man because the effort versus the money just makes it not worth it to him. It frankly terrifies me. I just wanted to get it out there.”
So. Let’s begin. Obviously it’s not Tom, he’d never write such a letter and would never even CONSIDER coming out. Ditto George Clooney. Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr, and John Revolta are all married. As much as I want it to be Zac or Taylor, it’s just not. Number one, they aren’t dating well-known personalities and number two, I don’t think either of them know how to string together two intelligible sentences on their own. And of course it’s not Robert Pattinson or Ryan Gosling or Channing Tatum. You wish. That leaves Bradley Cooper, who is dating British supermodel Suki Waterhouse, and has been the subject of maaaaaany Hollywood rumors (i.e. the queens at Mickey’s), or MAYBE – I’m just going to throw it out there – JGL. If you’ll recall, last year there were rumors about Joseph and Michael Pitt being in a torrid love affair that ended badly. What are your thoughts?