29 Surprising Stars Who Finally Came Out Of The Closet

29 shocking stars who at long last said they are gay! There are many reasons why stars stay in the closet, and there are even more than you may understand. Most feel that they will be judged. Others believe their career options will be limited if they are out and proud of it. Would America acknowledge a classic superhero like Superman or Batman who is played by an openly gay actor?

Anderson Cooper

Men and women have swooned over CNN's silver fox, Anderson Cooper, for years, but he didn't come out of the closet until 2012. He was 45 years old at the time.

Kristen Stewart

The Twilight movies are finished, as is Kristen Stewart's relationship with costar Robert Pattinson. She finally came out in the September 2016 issue of Elle U.K., in which she admitted to dating Alicia Cargile. "It opened my life up and I'm so much happier," said Stewart.

Amber Heard

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Before Amber Heard and Johnny Depp began their relationship, Amber was in a long term relationship with female artist and filmmaker Tasya Van Ree. Amber doesn't consider herself straight or gay. She has said that she loves who she loves. It is the person that matters, not their gender.


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Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey has denied being gay for years in magazine interviews. When Rent star Anthony Rapp made allegations in 2017 that Spacey came on to him when he was a minor, Spacey issued a statement in which he said, in part, "I choose now to live as a gay man." Many in the gay community questioned the way he came out of the closet.

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin, whose hits include "Livin' la Vida Loca" and "She Bangs," took years to admit whom he really bangs. He finally came out in 2010 at the age of 38. He announced his engagement to painter Jwan Yosef on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

Wentworth Miller

Actor Wentworth Miller came out as gay in a letter to the director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival in 2013. It read, in part, "...as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government." This was a shock to us all!

Sarah Paulson

When American Horror Story actress Sarah Paulson kissed then-girlfriend Cherry Jones when she won a Tony in 2005, Paulson was unexpectedly outed by the press. At the 2016 Emmys, she finished her acceptance speech by saying, "Holland Taylor, I love you." The two actresses have been together since 2015.


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Colton Haynes

Arrow and American Horror Story: Cult star Colton Haynes has dodged questions about his sexuality for years. He publicly came out as gay in the May 2016 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Matt Bomer

American Horror Story and Magic Mike star Matt Bomer was accepting a humanitarian award in Palm Springs in 2012 when he thanked his husband, Simon Halls, and their three kids. This was surprising news to many fans at the time.

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow has been romantically involved with Garry Kief since 1978, and the two married in 2014. Although Manilow thought it would disappoint his female fans, few people were shocked when Manilow finally came out in April 2017 in People.

George Takei

Star Trek star George Takei didn't come out until he was 68. He boldly went where no man had gone before and married his longtime partner, Brad Altman, in 2008.


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Daniel Newman

Daniel Newman plays a recurring character named Daniel on The Walking Dead. Although he is kind of in the background on the show, people took notice when the hot ginge posted pics like this on Twitter and announced in 2017 on social media that's he gay.

Ellen Page

Juno star Ellen Page finally came out as a lesbian at the 2014 Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive. She said, "I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered." She is in a relationship with dancer Emma Portner.

Aaron Carter

The singer and younger brother of Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter revealed in a tweet on Saturday that he is attracted to both men and women. Troubled singer Aaron Carter came out as bisexual on Twitter in August 2017.

Jim Parsons

The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons was gently outed by The New York Times in its profile of the actor for his performance in Broadway's The Normal Heart. The play is about gay men in New York struggling with AIDS in the 1980s, and the paper mentioned that Parsons "is gay and in a 10-year relationship."


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Mara Wilson

Matilda star Mara Wilson came out as bisexual on Twitter in June 2016, right after the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Florida. She tweeted, "Thank you so much to everybody who has sent me words of support."

Raven-Symoné

The Cosby Show star Raven-Symoné came out on Twitter and has been in several relationships with women. In 2016, she self-identified as a lesbian on The View.

Jodie Foster

The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster could remain silent no more and finally came out while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2013. She married Alexandra Hedison in 2014.

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Troubled singer Aaron Carter came out as bisexual on Twitter in August 2017. He wrote in the tweet that, at age 13, he "started to find boys and girls attractive."


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Lil Peep

Lil Peep was a heavily tatted, lo-fi rapper who gained a following on YouTube. The bisexual musician, who came out in August 2017 on Twitter, had been involved with Bella Thorne. It was discovered that Lil Peep passed away on November 16 after his lifeless body was found on his tour bus. He was only 21.

Ty Herndon

Country singer Ty Herndon has two ex-wives, but he finally came out as a gay man in People magazine in 2014. Herndon confirmed that his ex-wives were aware of his orientation.

T.R. Knight

Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight told Ellen DeGeneres that he worked up the courage to come out after costar Isaiah Washington used a gay slur on set. Knight married ballet dancer Patrick B. Leahy in 2013.

George Michael

George Michael established himself as a ladies'-man pop singer in the 1980s, but he was forced to come out of the closet after he was busted cruising in a Beverly Hills men's bathroom. Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz is who discovered his lifeless body on Christmas morning 2016.


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Clay Aiken

American Idol star Clay Aiken didn't come out until he was featured in a 2008 People cover story with his baby. "I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things," he said.

Wanda Sykes

Comedian Wanda Sykes came out as a lesbian at a gay-rights rally in Las Vegas in 2008. "I'm proud to be a woman, I'm proud to be a black woman, and I'm proud to be gay," she said. The same year, Sykes married her partner, Alex Niedbalski.

Frank Ocean

In July 2012, singer Frank Ocean did what few in the hip-hop community have been brave enough to do: he came out of the closet. Ocean announced on his Tumblr blog that his first love was a man and "I don't know what happens now, and that's alrite [sic]. I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore... I feel like a free man."

Gordon Thomson

Gordon Thomson played the homophobic character Alex Carrington on Dynasty in the 1980s, but the actor finally came out as gay in 2017 at the age of 72. He told The Daily Beast, "I'm assuming that people know, and now that I'm my age, that's fine. I don't go out of my way because it's my generation, I think."


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Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen, the man who plays Magneto in the X-Men movies and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, didn't publicly announce that he was gay until he was 49. He did so because he was angry about an antigay U.K. law at the time.

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Rapper iLoveMakonnen came out via Twitter in January 2017. He tweeted, "As a fashion icon, I can't tell u about everybody else's closet, I can only tell u about mine, and it's time I come out."

Jason Collins

NBA star Jason Collins chose to come out in Sports Illustrated in the April 2013 issue. He said, "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."

Maria Bello

Actress Maria Bello wrote a story in The New York Times in 2013 about how her close friendship with a woman named Clare Munn blossomed into something romantic. The two have since split, and Bello is now dating a man named Elijah Allan Blitz.


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Thomas Dekker

Kaboom star Thomas Dekker was a little dodgy about his sexuality in the past, but he has since come out of the closet. "I've only really had relationships with women, but I'm certainly not closed to it," he said. Since making that statement years earlier, he married actor Jesse Haddock in 2017.

Matt Dallas

Kyle XY star Matt Dallas used Twitter to announce that he was gay and engaged on New Year's Day 2013. He has since married his fiance, Blue Hamilton.

Meredith Baxter


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Family Ties matriarch Meredith Baxter had three marriages to men that all ended in divorce. The mother of five announced in 2009 that she was a lesbian, and that she didn't realize it until the early 2000s. She has been married to Nancy Locke since 2013.

Kristian Nairn

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Kristian is most recognized as Hodor on Game of Thrones, but he is also a DJ. He was born in Northern Ireland and stands at 6'11". In 2014, he stated that he is gay, but that he considers his sexuality to be a small part of who he is as a whole.

Jonathan Bennett

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We all know him as Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls, but in real life, he probably wouldn't date Lindsey Lohan. He did date Matt Dallas (another actor on our list).

Jonathan Groff

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Jonathan Groff was in Glee and, for 3 seasons, he played Lea Michelle's love interest.

David Hyde Pierce

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He is best known for his role as Doctor Niles Crane in Frasier. In 2008, he married his longtime partner, Brian Hargrove. They had been together for over 20 years.

Cynthia Nixon

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Best known for her character Miranda on Sex and the City, Cynthia Nixon was in a relationship with a man for several years and they had two children together. When their relationship ended, she met and eventually married education activist Christine Marinoni, who gave birth to their baby boy in 2011.


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Cary Grant

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One of classic Hollywood's main leading men, he dated and lived with actor Randolph Scott for 12 years.

Michelle Rodriguez

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Best known for her role on The Fast and the Furious, Michelle Rodriguez told Cosmopolitan Magazine that she goes both ways. She said, "I do as I please. I am too curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks."

Anna Paquin

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As one of the most famous award winning actors, Anna Paquin’s femininity has always been in question. After years of speculation, the celebrity openly admitted her orientation and married her longtime girlfriend and they had a child together. Ever since then, Anna has become an outspoken gay activist. She often encourages young people to embrace their orientation.

Sean Hayes

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Best known for his role on the comedy show, Will and Grace, Sean Hayes publicly announced to the world that he was gay in October 2010. He kept his orientation a secret as he did not want to jeopardize his chances of getting good acting jobs. Hayes has always been apologetic to the gay community for hiding this for many years.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith is a relatively new face on the music scene, but it didn't take too long for him to confirm what many suspected. The singer reportedly said in 2014 that his debut album was about "a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn't love me back."


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Adam Lambert

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The American Idol second runner-up mustered the courage to announce his orientation to the world on the fourth season of the reality music show. As an outstanding performer, Lambert took the world’s judgment about his orientation and used it to make some of the greatest hit songs that we listen to today.

Michael Stipe

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Michael Stipe a renowned author, actor, and director who always referred to his orientation as queer. After 10 years of media speculation, the celebrity declared himself gay. During interviews, Michael admitted to remaining quiet about his orientation because he did not want to violate his partner’s privacy in any way.

Cara Delevingne

This bombshell model has been pretty open about her sexuality, but she clarified what she calls "sexual fluidity" in a recent interview with Glamour Magazine, explaining that she is not just "gay" or attracted to women. She goes with the flow, and as she gets older and changes so does her sexual preference, reiterating that she isn't attracted to a person by their gender.

Brandon Flynn


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In September of 2017, the 13 Reasons Why actor identified himself as "part of the LGBT community" via Instagram. Since then, the 23-year-old actor has been seen snuggled up next to grammy winner, Sam Smith.

He has also spoke publicly in response to a pilot's "Vote No" he created in the sky in regards to equality marriage in Australia.“We’ve fought, we’ve come out bravely even in our fear, and you wrote a message in the sky because you’re scared,” he added. “Equality takes courage, it worries me that too many people in this world lack the balls to stand up for what is right.”

Dan Amboyer

Dan Amboyer, came out to People magazine in October of 2017, explaining that his recent marriage to his boyfriend, Eric Beric gave him the courage to be more open.“I want to live my life moving forward with integrity and pride,” the young actor said. “We might start a family one day and I would feel so strangely if I didn’t celebrate that with all of my family and friends and share that with the fans. This is just the beginning of a wonderful future.”

Alia Shawkat

The beautiful young actress came out casually in an interview with Out magazine of May, 2017. The Arrested Development star shared, “I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, ’Are you attracted to boys or girls?’ I said I don’t know,” . Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.”


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