Here Are 13 Celebrities Who Had No Option But To Address Their Sexuality To The Public

    These celebrities were forced to discuss their sexuality against their wishes after they were publicly outed and pestered by persistent rumors.

    Sometimes conversation around celebrities' sexuality is the result of pure ignorance, and other times it's malicious.

    Celebrities like Rosie O'Donnell making public statements

    Many celebrities attempt to keep their personal lives, especially their sexuality, private, but being scrutinized in the public eye doesn’t always allow for that.

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    Here are 15 celebs who were forced to address their sexuality against their wishes but later found peace in taking control of the narrative.

    1. Joshua Bassett had to elaborate on his sexuality after he made a quick remark about his attraction to one of the most famous pop stars in the world.

    Joshua Bassett singing

    2. Ricky Martin was aggressively questioned about his sexuality during a really bad interview with Barbara Walters.

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    3. Lance Bass had to make a public statement after gossip bloggers like Perez Hilton bullied him with negative articles.

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    4. Neil Patrick Harris also fell victim to the infamous world of gossip bloggers like Perez Hilton.

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    5. George Michael was forced to address his sexuality after he was caught performing a "lewd act" in a public restroom in California.

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    6. Colton Underwood turned his coming-out story into a reality TV moment after receiving threats that nude photos of him would be leaked.

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    7. Kit Connor was faced with addressing his sexuality after portraying a bisexual character in a hit 2022 Netflix series.

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    8. Lee Pace got really candid about his dating life after being pressed by a magazine reporter.

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    9. Tim Cook had no choice but to address his sexuality after a news anchor outed him on national television.

    closeup of Tim Cook

    10. T.R. Knight was unfortunately outed in a nasty way when his Grey's Anatomy co-star called him a homophobic slur.

    TR Knight

    11. Chaz Bono eventually became an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights after he was publicly outed by a tabloid in the '90s.

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    12. Jonathan Knight was outed by his '80s pop star ex-girlfriend.

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    13. Lastly, Clay Aiken was forced to address his sexuality against his wishes when Rosie O'Donnell carelessly attempted to defend him on national TV as a "gay man" before he was out to the public.

    Clay Aiken speaking into a mic

    Other celebs have been forced to address their sexuality after being questioned by fans on whether they're queerbaiting — using faux LGBTQ+ representation only as a means of gaining popularity.

    Cardi B in a rainbow jumpsuit; Harry Styles with a pride flag on his mic

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