Hollywood is a magical land of rumors. Some of them turn out to be true, and others just swim around for years and years without a clear solution. Take, for instance, the gay rumor. You’d think every single celebrity was homosexual based on how often we hear these whisperings. It doesn’t matter how many people of the opposite gender these stars have dated or married or procreated with, the rumors still plague them. Some stars laugh it off as untrue but no big deal, others vehemently deny it, and every once in a while they’ll come out and tell us it’s been true all along. And we give them hugs through our computer screens and the world is fully of smiles and rainbows.
These ten celebrities can’t seem to escape the gay gossip. Whenever they date someone, people assume it’s a fakelationship. If they “have a baby,” we use quotation marks around it. We look at their perfectly groomed hair or preference for lady pants with narrowed eyes. But unfortunately we won’t know for sure until they announce it on the cover of a magazine. Or until Lance Bass outs them. We’re not saying any of these rumors are true, just that they’re out there.
10. Ryan Seacrest
I’m more interested in finding out whether or not Ryan is a robot, but people are mostly just concerned with whether he’s gay or not. There have even been rumors that Julianne Hough was just a beard to cover up Ryan’s relationship with her brother Derek (more on him in a minute). Scandal! Ryan, however, maintains that he’s simply metrosexual, although still no word on if he runs on batteries.
9. Hugh Jackman
There are a lot of reasons people think Hugh Jackman is gay, from his penchant for musical theater to his older wife to the fact that their kids are adopted. Unsurprisingly, his wife Deborra-Lee Furness isn’t so in love with these rumors. I personally prefer to talk about what an adorably charming triple threat he is, but that’s just me.
8. John Travolta
Ugh, where to start? Travolta’s been the butt of gay jokes for ages, and he’s even been accused of sexual assault by male masseurs. It didn’t help that he played a woman in Hairspray. He’s married with children, but that doesn’t stop people from talking.
7. One Direction
There’s a whole group of Directioners called “Larry shippers” who think Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are gay soul mates. The band as a whole has even come under fire from the Westboro Baptist Church simply because of their affectionate onstage behavior. Harry, however, is known as quite the ladies man, and he says he’s “pretty sure” he’s not bisexual.
6. Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah has made it clear she wants to keep her private life private, but that hasn’t stopped the rumors about her being a lesbian. Her relationship with her personal trainer — with whom she bought a house in 2010 — have led to speculation. The trainer later said she’s not gay. Latifah herself has continues to give cryptic answers to the ever-present gay questions.
5. Derek Hough
We already discussed the Ryan Seacrest rumors above, but there are other things that make people think Derek isn’t quite as straight as he lets on. Like, for example, how good he is at ballroom dancing. And the fact that his relationship with Nina Dobrev seemed to be about as fake as they come.
4. Will Smith
Scientology and gay rumors often seem to go hand in hand, since the religion has been associated with attempts to “cure” homosexuality. Will Smith isn’t immune to the gossip. In 2008 there was a rumor that a Hollywood madame had been arranging gay sex encounters for him for years. He and Jada sure like to talk about their sex life, though, so who knows.
3. Jonas Brothers
The whole band of brothers have had gay rumors follow them around. This latest rumor that Danielle Jonas is faking her pregnancy doesn’t seem to help matters for Kevin in particular. But the guys have laughed it off as a “boy band stereotype.”
2. Ellen Page
She’s always had a tomboy vibe about her, so naturally the lesbian rumors have followed. Even though she was rumored to be dating Alexander Skarsgard earlier this year, people have still speculated that she’s at least bisexual, although Ellen has never said so.
1. Kanye West
Even though he and Kim Kardashian made a directionally named baby together, blind items have suggested that he has a gay lover in France and that he and Kim only had sex four times to make a baby. He also wears leather skirts sometimes. Do with that what you will.