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Gay Rumors Disrupting Hugh Jackman's 'Seemingly Idyllic' Life: VIDEO


The "gay rumors" question that seems to follow Hugh Jackman to many a celebrity interview is back in a new Hollywood Reporter cover story, giving Jackman an opportunity to possibly express the same "ain't nothing wrong with it" sentiment espoused by evolved beings like Honey Boo Boo, and let the issue die.

But no:

Despite these friends and a seemingly idyllic life, Jackman admits rumors about his sexuality have taken a greater toll than previously acknowledged, especially on his wife. "Just recently, it bugs her," he says, blaming the Internet, which she frequents more than he does. (Jackman largely sticks to cricket sites and The Economist.) "She goes: 'It's big. It's everywhere!'"

His X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner shrugs off the gossip. "I have seen him with Deborra since the beginning of their trip to Hollywood, and I've been on five movie sets with him and have never seen him stray, have never seen him eye anyone. I met him when he did Oklahoma! [at London's Royal National Theatre in 1999]. He was genuine, hugely talented. He was in love with his wife that day and still is."

A behind-the-scenes clip of Jackman at his cover shoot, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Somehow it ought to be gay people who help put a stop to this kind of crap. After all, he's our friend.

    On the other hand he should, like George Clooney, just say "I'm not, but if you insist, go ahead, there's nothing wrong with being gay." Or words to that effect. It's a lot better than having to remain silent, as Richard Gere wisely did, when rumor had it that he shoved live gerbils up his a@@. Imagine such trash! It's far more than outrageous.

    Oh and Jackman's wife should stay off the internet on this subject. It means noting. In addition she should not be telling Hugh what she finds.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 13, 2013 2:04:16 PM

  2. I don't really see anything wrong with his response... He's not saying there's anything wrong with being gay- he's saying it bothers his wife, who he's committed to.

    Posted by: Cole | Feb 13, 2013 2:05:16 PM

  3. I really don't think, at this point, that it's unreasonable for Jackman to respond this way. Jackman's been brave as hell to walk the line he's walked and he undoubtedly knew the score, but while there's nothing wrong with being gay, there IS something wrong with being a lying closet-case who's using his wife as a beard--which IS what you're saying when you claim Jackman's gay.

    Posted by: Drew | Feb 13, 2013 2:08:22 PM

  4. I agree with @UFFDA, we should help kill this rumor. Jackman has been more than gracious about this crap, but it's something else entirely when it begins to hurt his family.

    I have always hated rumor mongers, and even when the rumor is something I'd like to be true, it still sucks that there are people who spread falsehoods in a malicious manner.

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 13, 2013 2:15:35 PM

  5. So, when Hollywood Reporter chooses to report on one thing he said in their entire interview, we believe he hasn't expressed something? Or that HR just didn't pick it as their juicy quote to run?

    Posted by: luminum | Feb 13, 2013 2:17:18 PM

  6. So, when Hollywood Reporter chooses to report on one thing he said in their entire interview, we believe he hasn't expressed something? Or that HR just didn't pick it as their juicy quote to run?

    Posted by: luminum | Feb 13, 2013 2:17:20 PM

  7. Why does he have to say anything? Just because he is famous? So what? Who cares? People spend waaaay too much time thinking about the lives of celebrities. What changes if he talks?

    Posted by: mark | Feb 13, 2013 2:17:55 PM

  8. Jackman is a huge supporter and ally. And he is on-board with so many of us ogling his stunning good-looks and physique. People should lay off unless he starts saying hateful things (which he won't, of course).

    My spouse would be irritated too by constant gossip identifying me as a secret hetero.

    Posted by: Rey | Feb 13, 2013 2:20:20 PM

  9. Honestly imo, the rumors are more like wishful thinking.

    Posted by: Wolf Sawyer | Feb 13, 2013 2:24:32 PM

  10. Wonderful, handsome guy. He's married and has kids and he seems loving and caring husband and father. I think it tells enough. He supports gay rights and it is so nice of him.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 13, 2013 2:31:47 PM

  11. Gay people try to turn every hot guy gay. Straight narcissism comes in many forms. Dream on. Not every one is gay afflicted.

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 13, 2013 2:32:02 PM

  12. When there's so much smoke there is usually fire.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 13, 2013 2:45:24 PM

  13. I know i lot of times gay rumours are really true, but in my opinion Jackman doesn't fit on the usual mold.

    First, he was married before being really famous, when closet cases marry, they do it to hide their homosexuality or debunk the rumours. When he married, there were no rumours because he wasn't famous at all (and it takes some time before he was).

    Second, closet cases generally don't do gay roles, and he did Oz in musical theatre, to more enphasis.

    And third, closet cases avoid talking about any gay thing, and he was an ally since long time ago. He talk about gay rights and was in pro gay projects.

    I was very surprised about how spread the rumours are, because as i say, he doesn't fit the mold at all. Not even for a glass closet actor (it's curious that glass closet actors are usually bashed a lot more than closet cases)

    Posted by: jjose712 | Feb 13, 2013 2:46:36 PM

  14. We never seem to hear such false rumors in reverse form toward gay celebs. ("Ellen spotted having lunch in "East" Hollywood with a MAN (!), two months after being caught red-handed dancing with two male break-dancers in a straight bar. Is she hiding a hetero secret?!")

    I can see how it would be annoying in either scenario to have it suggested that your relationship is a sham.

    But it sure will be nice someday when we've evolved enough that the whole concept of having a sham marriage to gain social acceptance or job security will be seen as an absurd relic of the homophobic past. The only way these rumors can exist is in the context of a homophobic society.

    Posted by: GregV | Feb 13, 2013 2:53:33 PM

  15. I think part of the reason the rumors still sadly persist is that Jackman's wife is 13 years older than him; people say she is just a beard because a man who looks like that would be dating 21 year old model after model, not married to a 57 year old woman. God forbid a man fall in love with an older woman. I feel bad for them, not because people think he is gay but because by doing so they are saying there is no way a straight man like him would be married to a woman like her. It sucks and is unfair to her.

    Besides, JJose712 is right - closet cases stear clear of championing gay rights. And glass closet cases don't date or marry women - they just don't talk about their personal life (with the exception of their family, friends, pets, childhood, school years, bad habits, addictions, pet peeves, food perferences, favorite color, etc, etc)

    Posted by: KT | Feb 13, 2013 3:04:08 PM

  16. Jackman is gay. Anyone who has ever worked with him knows this. It's not his job to come out and champion gay rights but he really should find a way to walk the line more effectively.

    Posted by: Markus | Feb 13, 2013 3:11:00 PM

  17. GregV; Well there are obvious reasons to not work both ways. When you say you are gay, you are taking a risk, so there's no reason to think the man or woman lie.
    On the other hand, we had tons of examples of people who say they were straight in every interview to come out of the closet some years later.

    And to be fair, there was a rumour abou Ricky Martin and a woman after his coming out, of course it was so absurd that died very fast

    KT: I never thought about the age of his wife, but you are probably right about that.
    Anyway, this is Hollywood, there are blind items (some times not so blind) about actors everyday.
    I think Hugh is very classy on his take of rumours, but in my opinion it's not easy to stay cool.
    One thing it's if you are single, but when you are married with children, they are not calling you gay, they are calling you a lier.
    I know being married in Hollywood doesn't mean you are not gay (well, in other places either), but in my opinion Hugh simply don't fit the mold of closet case

    Posted by: jjose712 | Feb 13, 2013 3:14:39 PM

  18. Maybe they should ask his boyfriend how he feels when he reads about Hugh being straight on the internet. I bet it bothers him too.

    Posted by: jeff | Feb 13, 2013 3:23:25 PM

  19. Come on. Everyone knows that he's gay, and no one cares.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 13, 2013 3:33:40 PM

  20. Guess what Ms. Jackass your hubby is an actor and just like the thousands of closet cases including Rock Hudson(married 3 times!)and numerous others with marriages AND children it doesn't mean they are REALLY 'straight',call it bisexual,call it WTF ever you want they have sex with other men. Just deal with it already. When an actor,politician,athlete LIE or DO NOT TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH then they are liars and hypocrites and should be called out on it EVERY TIME. After being out 30 years it's not gay men who want all men to be gay but society and insecure "straight" women AND men who want EVERYONE to be STRAIGHT!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Feb 13, 2013 3:40:25 PM

  21. "it's not gay men who want all men to be gay but society and insecure "straight" women AND men who want EVERYONE to be STRAIGHT!


    Posted by: arrant | Feb 13, 2013 3:51:22 PM

  22. first off... "everyone knows he's gay?"

    really? how do we know this? the only gay rumors i've ever heard about him were from reporters asking him about gay rumors.

    let's just assume that he's not living a lie and he's straight and happy married. he's allowed to be bothered by rumors about his sexuality... even while thinking there is nothing wrong with being gay. he's in essense being called a liar and that's not cool.

    the dude came up in the theater world... is there a safer place to be gay?

    and why do so many people "need" him to be gay? if he's closeted and married, he's a liar and fraud and frankly, we don't need him... (personally, i think the guy is straight and we are all just applying the musical theater stereotype to him... not to mention the ageist and sexist idea that his wife must be a beard since she's older and by society's standards, less attractive than he is.)

    Posted by: dt | Feb 13, 2013 3:59:56 PM

  23. The problem is that our society is just aware enough to know that being married to a woman and having children doesn't prove you're totally and absolutely heterosexual, but not aware enough to know that a man can love musicals without being homosexual or bisexual.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 13, 2013 3:59:59 PM

  24. A correction to SFShawn's comment: Rock Hudson was married one time for 3 years, he was not married 3 times.

    I have no idea about Jackman. I've never read or heard of any credible evidence to indicate that he is gay, just the rumors. If he is straight, well, there are far, far, far worse problems than being perceived as gay. If he is gay, then he's helping to spread the idea that being gay is shameful and I can't respect a man who does that. So I hope he's straight, unlike, say, Luke Evans, who we know for a fact is gay and is bearding it up for Hollywood success.

    Posted by: Joseph | Feb 13, 2013 4:24:41 PM

  25. I admire Hugh, but I've never been able to completely dismiss the gay rumours, even though I don't completely support them either. There are men who lie very convincingly about their sexual preference and cover their tracks well. But he might not be gay; he could be bi or what I call a little vague. He is an artist, and he has too much attractiveness, talent, and personality to be a straight man. Also, I do think spreading rumours is wrong, and that gay rumours are used justt for titillation.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Feb 13, 2013 4:26:09 PM

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