Did Glee's Chris Colfer Go Back into the Closet?


Chris Colfer, who plays the out gay Kurt Hummel on Glee, is apparently not so out in real life.

In an October interview with the Advocate, Colfer acknowledged he is gay:

Your character, Kurt, is the show’s fashionista and a key member of New Beginnings. How similar was your high school experience in Clovis, Calif.?

It was similar in the sense that I was definitely teased a lot in high school and I was definitely at the bottom of the food chain: total underdog, complete “Gleek.” I was never like Kurt at all; I wish I was now that I watch the show, but I was never fashionable. I wish I was like Kurt in high school! [Laughs]

Were you out in high school?

Oh, no. People are killed in my hometown for that.

But in a new interview with USA Today, Colfer says he won't discuss his sexuality:

"Playing an openly gay kid means fielding questions about his own sexuality, which Colfer doesn't address. 'I try to keep up a mystery. As much as I give away of my personal life, the less people will believe me as other characters. I try to be private about it. It is what it is,' Colfer says with a shrug."

Maybe he was still in the closet in the Advocate interview? I'm not sure if he's ever said he was gay anywhere else. Whatever, the case, it's a shame Colfer feels he has to be coy about it, given his age and the role he's been given on the show.

And Kurt gets a storyline in tonight's episode:

"It's Kurt versus Rachel in the Glee Club's first 'diva-off"', after Kurt is told he can't perform 'Defying Gravity' because it's a 'girls'' song. Will this mean a much-needed end to the stories about how the Glee Club can't function without Rachel? Also, the Glee Club learns to look at the world from Artie's perspective when they travel a mile in his wheels."

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  1. His bio at the official Glee site on Fox.com says in high school he wrote and directed a spoof of Sweeney Todd called "Shirley Todd." That's rill gay.

    In case there's still any doubt, it also says: "Just like Kurt, Chris is openly gay."

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 11, 2009 11:23:53 AM

  2. I just checked the website, and the last part about the gay is gone. Do you have a link?

    Posted by: DR | Nov 11, 2009 11:34:45 AM

  3. Oh sweetie.. it's no mystery!

    Posted by: Kyle | Nov 11, 2009 11:37:06 AM

  4. Who cares?

    Posted by: niles | Nov 11, 2009 11:38:03 AM

  5. http://gleewiki.fox.com/page/Chris+Colfer

    Hmm, I guess it's technically a wiki... so who the hells knows how accurate the contents are? But it is described as the "Official Glee Wiki" and it's hosted by Fox.com.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 11, 2009 11:38:24 AM

  6. He keeps up a mystery about as well as Adam Lambert did.

    Posted by: Kevin | Nov 11, 2009 11:40:16 AM

  7. Let's see... in the "Glee" pilot, there was a scene where a bunch of jocks threw the gay kid into a trash dumpster and he did NOTHING to defend himself. Can you imagine the outcry from viewers if they had thrown that chubby black girl in the dumpster instead? Gays are the last minority where it's considered no big deal to beat them up.

    Posted by: Seriously... | Nov 11, 2009 11:50:19 AM

  8. This is sort of like closing the barn door after the horse has gone. Run 1500 miles away. Won the Triple Crown. Been given a sitcom. Really, what's the point of this bizarre retraction?

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | Nov 11, 2009 12:14:29 PM

  9. He needs a phone call from Dr. Doogie

    Posted by: Alex | Nov 11, 2009 12:23:11 PM

  10. I don't think the USA Today interview is especially coy. He's saying that he doesn't want to be seen only as gay because that might make it hard for him to get nongay roles. He doesn't say it in an offensive way, and he's 19. Big deal.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 11, 2009 12:55:00 PM

  11. Fuck this loser.

    Tired of the this game playing of people who "want success" .... so they hide.

    Lame ass bitches.

    It did not help "jack" from W&G, Kevin Spacey looks like a fool denying it, and less we forget Nathan Lane also looked the fool for years denying it.

    I find these and the corporate ass kissers who hide for PERSONAL ADVANCEMENT repugnant - much like the very lame GLEE itself.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 11, 2009 1:04:50 PM

  12. Did anyone ever respect black folk who "passed" as white to get ahead ???


    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 11, 2009 1:06:38 PM

  13. I've got his version of "defying gravity" on repeat right now, so glad Glee's back.

    Posted by: An | Nov 11, 2009 1:19:21 PM

  14. saw him at the brandi carlile show in la with a special male friend. they definitely seemed like a couple. btw, it's really not a mystery to anyone who has met him in person.

    Posted by: jake | Nov 11, 2009 1:22:28 PM

  15. Jeez... He is only 19 and a very young 19 at that - give him a break.

    Posted by: Jay | Nov 11, 2009 1:30:51 PM

  16. Hey! Blah blah blah It's his own business! Blah blah blah - Why should it make a difference! Blah blah blah Adam Lambert! Blah blah blah Ricky Martin! Blah blah blah The faggot from Ugly Betty Blah blah blah Ellen!!!! Blah blah blah

    Righteous indignation defending the closet!
    Blah blah blah Blah blah blah Blah blah blah

    Posted by: Kitty Boots | Nov 11, 2009 1:34:17 PM

  17. His agent got to him. They are very courageous people.
    But Mike came out recently - as bisexual. Didn't Elton John do that like 30 years ago.

    Posted by: sjorgl | Nov 11, 2009 1:47:00 PM

  18. Wow some of you should just worry about your life and stop trying to dictate what others do with theirs. It would make you look less as self-indulgent arse.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Nov 11, 2009 1:50:57 PM

  19. @jakeinlove Yes. That. Awesome job picking on the 19 year old, guys.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Nov 11, 2009 2:03:05 PM

  20. 'Hes out, why should he have to discuss it all the time?

    Straight people don't have to discuss their straightness.

    Aren't there better things to discuss?

    Posted by: J | Nov 11, 2009 2:04:19 PM

  21. I've heard him say he's openly gay in interviews.


    The interviewer asks Colfer about his own coming out experience at about the 2:30 mark, or a little after. Though the word gay is never said in relation to him, he explains that his parents were very accepting and he wasn't wearing a leotard as his character Kurt was...

    Posted by: Phil | Nov 11, 2009 2:28:32 PM

  22. Lets see all the closet cases are sure happy to right the gays rights and gay acceptance gravy train --- while taking none of the risk --- and the rest of us are just supposed to shut up and do the work while others reap the benefit without saying anything.

    This ADULT MAN is on a show made successful by gay men, his role is that of a gay student and he himself is gay --- but he does not want to talk about it.

    FUCK HIM and his defenders.

    Gay or Straight this whole anarchy and you can do whatever you want and be free from criticism is BS.

    Who is he Carrie Prejean --- in that we can not say F-YOU to him ???

    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 11, 2009 2:41:31 PM

  23. 'Hes out, why should he have to discuss it all the time?

    Straight people don't have to discuss their straightness.

    Aren't there better things to discuss?

    Posted by: J | Nov 11, 2009 2:04:19 PM


    OK silly J here is the answer ---

    because being SELFISH and not talking about it hurts the COMMUNITY by giving in to the bigotted environment for personal gay .... or do you believe there is not gay commmunity to care about?

    And STRAIGHT PEOPLE use who they are ALL the time to get ahead by talking about relationships and dating.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 11, 2009 2:43:41 PM

  24. @RJP3 No, fuck YOU and your pathetic judging and meddling. He's come out twice already, he doesn't need to talk about it all the time like there's nothing else to him, and you have no claim to his decision.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Nov 11, 2009 3:02:20 PM

  25. Agreeing with RJP3 on this one. Young or old, being in the closet hurts us all. If you don't care, that's your business, but a heterosexual majority environment forces us to accept ghettoized, marginalized status. At 19, everyone needs a support system and a sense of value. I wouldn't be so hard on Mr. Colfer, but he does actually have a choice. A much broader choice. 30 years ago, perhaps not. Visibility is tantamount to successful integration and majority acceptance.

    The question remains. Why is my love less important or even unacceptable and yet I am continuously bombarded with images of heterosexual behavior? Changes are slowly taking place but nobody is exempt from being a part of the change. It takes more than just courage to be yourself, it take serious balls.

    The more people that know you exist, the more people that see us as regular human beings, takes away the power of those who seek to remove and deny our rights as equal citizens in this country and hopefully, eventually, all countries.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Nov 11, 2009 3:10:23 PM

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