Arnold Schwarzenegger just revealed that his father beat him when he was younger because he thought he was gay. He had previously spoken of his parents attempts to “cure” his homosexuality and his “obsession” with male bodybuilders.
Arnie used to plaster his walls with posters of his favourite male athletes – leading to extreme measures from his mother and father. Schwarzenegger said of his father in an interview with Xposure,
“He ran after me with a belt and beat me.
I don’t know if mum thought I was gay, or if she just thought there was something off and thought ‘let’s catch it early.’
She asked the doctor, ‘Can you help me? I don’t know if there’s something wrong with my son because his wall is full of naked men.
‘All of Arnold’s friends have pictures of girls above their bed. And Arnold has no girls.’”
Schwarzenegger’s views on same-sex marriage have become more positive over the years. During the debate over “religious freedom” laws in Indiana last year, he called on his fellow Republicans to evolve their views or risk losing support. He also issued a response to critics of his support of LA Pride and the Supreme Court’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage across the US. After he changed his Facebook profile picture, one fan wrote:
“What’s wrong with [you] Arnie? I have to unlike…”
The star responded simply with one of his most famous lines:
“Hasta la vista.”
However, his support for LGBT rights was mixed during his time as Governor of California. He vetoed same-sex marriage but went on to perform two wedding ceremonies and signed in the repeal of a “gay cure” initiative. (via Pink News)