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Hugh Jackman Discusses Gay Rumors with Barbara Walters


On Barbara Walters' pre-Oscar special, she asked host Hugh Jackman about rumors that he is gay. Jackman didn't deny it, but allowed his wife to do so for him again:

"Peter Allen has a great line. He goes, 'I know what you're thinking. You're just sitting there looking at me, and thinking now, is he or isn't he? Well, it's true. I am Australian.' Deb used to say - she came about 40 times to the show - and she used to go to the bathroom and she's be in the cubicle in the ladies bathroom, and she would hear people going 'I know he's married, but I'm sure he is. Is he or isn't he?' And she said occasionally she would yell out, 'he isn't!'"

Watch it and Jackman's musical medley with Beyonce, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I agree that it doesn;t matter- but why not find the John Travolta Youttube interview with Rove (Australian chat show)and listen to the very last thing Hugh says...that he has a full day planned for touring with Travolta and the host asks if they are going to go see the giant pineapple (a tourist thing) and Hugh says something along the lines of "I was going to show him the giant banana." Folks, there is no giant banana and the body language of that entire two part interview speaks volumes.

    I wish he'd be up front about it (pun not intended).

    Posted by: OnePostOnly | Feb 26, 2009 2:10:52 PM

  2. Not sure what happened to my post- but I think this is a very interesting YouTube, especially the final minute:

    Posted by: OnePostOnly | Feb 26, 2009 2:14:12 PM

  3. Just because he played a gay character doesn't automatically make him gay. He's just a kickass actor.

    Posted by: Kimberly | Mar 2, 2009 1:07:24 AM

  4. I see... Hugh Jackman has been cleverly hiding his sexuality by playing a flamboyantly gay man in a musical on Broadway! And here I was thinking that he was just non-homophobic and incredibly comfortable in his own skin when it turns out that he's self-hating and terrified of being discovered as a gay man and his best recourse after X-Men was to play Peter Allen in a musical on Broadway wearing gold sequins. I understand fully now.

    Next you're going to tell me that Anthony Hopkins is secretly a cannibalistic serial killer.

    I suspect that anyone who thinks Jackman is gay is either homophobic or a wishful thinker.

    Posted by: Kristy Wins | Mar 4, 2009 2:29:16 AM

  5. I love that he didn't deny it outright like most stars would. I hate it when heterosexual movie stars deny that they are gay with too much vehemence. It comes off as prejudiced because they make it sound like they think being gay is terrible. If they sound too upset, "The lady doth protest too much!" He handled the question with sensitivity and good humor and now I have this crush that's completely inappropriate for my age. His wife is very lucky. I hope she deserves him.

    Posted by: sophiesminion | Mar 5, 2009 5:57:13 AM

  6. He has in fact denied he's gay in the article quoted above. If you read the article that is linked to (in Parade) he talks about his religious belief, which is that everything is essentially the same - finding unity in duality. This would seem to square with his view that denying being gay tends to suggest there is something wrong with being gay.

    Makes perfect sense to me.

    I'm starting to find it embarrassing that this question comes up still. He has a wife and two great kids (adopted after his wife had several miscarriages) and is extremely comfortable around theatre and musicals. These things can co-exist quite happily without there needing to be any dubiety over his honesty about his sexuality.

    Posted by: Midland | Apr 22, 2009 1:43:14 PM

  7. Regardless if he's gay or not, I would suck his balls deep into my rectum and wouldn't let go!

    Posted by: George Bordovsky | Apr 24, 2009 10:08:08 AM

  8. Oh, I almost forgot, if you want to see the "queeny" behavior I'm talking about, just watch the Barbara Walters interview clip on this page where Hugh Jackman supposedly "imitates" a gay guy. That's what he started on me, just because I spoke to him at Tower Records. I still can't believe that such a fey man is such a good actor (who seems so "manly" in the movies). LOLOLOLOL!!! Classic...

    Posted by: Mike S | May 3, 2009 6:15:07 PM

  9. Just a fact update relating to ONEPOSTONLY, FEB 26, there is actually a well known tourist spot in Coffs Harbour, Australia called the BIG BANANA and the giant pineapple near the Sunshine Coast in Queensland is known as the BIG PINEAPPLE. You could probably easily find these on Google Earth if you could be bothered :-) There's also the BIG SHEEP etc, etc. Just looking at Hugh's stature, you can see we make a lot of BIG things down here and as he has mentioned himself we rarely make a BIG deal about whether someone is gay or not, which many in the US seem obsessed with. We had our first openly gay TV characters and men kissing on TV (OMG) back in the 70's, including in the recent past an openly gay footballer, a head of our AMA, a just retired Chief Justice and a currently sitting and well respected Senator. We are very proud of Hugh and have been watching him in movies for many years (try and find Paperback Hero one of his earliest starring movie roles) and find it hilarious when people talk about his rapid rise to fame. He is a great ambassador for Australia and our easy going, non-judgemental way of life. Thanks Hugh!

    Posted by: LAWRIE | May 16, 2009 6:17:33 AM

  10. I assure you, he's not gay! He's a very good actor. Stop accusing him

    Posted by: neeliam | Jun 8, 2009 10:05:37 AM

  11. You know...personally it seems like ever since the "Equal Rights" movement really started picking up steam around the late nineties, gays and straights are less equal. It was never an issue if you were gay or not 15-20 years ago. You just didn't ask and didn't tell. And it really sucks for us straight musical theatre guys that love singing, dancing, and acting, but get labeled gay. Why r only gay people allowed to do theatre? And really, being gay doesn't hurt your career..please...Look at Elton John and all the other thousands of gay celebs.

    Posted by: JJsR | Oct 2, 2009 9:12:57 PM

  12. I dont give a shit if he is gay...HE IS FUCKIN WOLVERINE !!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: LEVIAHAN | Apr 17, 2010 8:55:08 PM

  13. I assumed Hugh jackman was straight because of the X-Men character he plays, until he did the Peter Allen musical and started doing interviews about the show. This man was suddenly a total flame. Then I added up the fact that he is totally hot but married some old Australian cougar actress and seems to have no penchant for playing around on his ugly wife with some young starlet. Let's see, hoembody, musical theater, Peter Allen, hag wife, gym bunny, and gay pornstar face and body. Gay!!!!

    Posted by: Tony V | Jun 11, 2010 11:04:08 AM

  14. Yeah all of that plus the omnipresent handsome gay business partner who he met on the set of the first X-men movie in '99

    Posted by: yeah and | Jul 10, 2010 10:30:28 PM

  15. I had my doubts till I saw his wife's face. Not only is she fat & fugly as f*ck, she's also terrifyingly manly. I'm sorry but this man could have any supermodel he wants. Why be with this horror of a woman who looks like a terror on wheels? No way! These closeted gays ought to hire gorgeous porn stars who will do anything for money. At least it would be 90% less obvious. Gay gentlemen celebs: your scary/manly "beard" gives it away. (Have you seen Chris Meloni's wife? Like Jackman's wife, she probably shaves her face!!!) Also read his kids are not his, so that settles it: just like Clay Aiken, Ricky Martin, Tom Cruise and Chris Meloni: any guy who doesn't have his own kids (surrogate or uses in-vitro) it doesn't take a brain scientist to figure out he never put it "down there". Plus they NEVER answer the question! Ricky Martin & Clay Aiken, like Jackman, never denied it, they skirted around the issue. That's a tale that screams "see fans? I ain't lying to you. I'm NOT answering the question". They just can't bear to add on to the guilt. Not to mention no straight man moves hips like he does. Sorry ladies, he's gay. Case closed.

    Posted by: They gay | Mar 4, 2011 12:39:05 AM

  16. not all actors are gay people make this assumtion that every single actor on brodaway is gay . Why cant people just leave him alone alot of famous actors thast are now dead won tons of awards and are not gay. The only reasons this rumor started is because whoever statrted has nothing better do with there life they are board. I also wouldn;t use the term gay acting others might found it offensive. He needs to be left alone. His kids need to be left along. Leave his family alone

    Posted by: s | Oct 5, 2011 8:05:43 AM

  17. Hugh Jackman is a True and Genuine Human Being First and Loveing Husband and Ignorant People who should get a F--king life and live peoples private lives alone...They preform and get paid..That's it the rest off them and there privacey is non of your Dam Bizzness.....So Hugh if you are gay or not ..that's okay with Me I have always thought you where True Soulmate Material...Oscar in Montreal...

    Posted by: Oscar | Feb 15, 2013 7:31:51 AM

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