Gay actors & singers in the closet

by BeefStroganoff | created - 20 May 2012 | updated - 16 Jul 2014 | Public

Some famous people (men and women) whom I think are in the closet. This list has gay & lesbian closet actors & actresses in Hollywood.

The list IS IN a particular ORDER - from most speculated & obvious to just fairly. Watch out for the celebrities in the top 10 - I guarantee that one or two of them are out within ten years or so.

NOTE: This list is not made to badmouth or disparage these people. I'm in no way poking fun or anything. This is just a speculation list. So please take it lightly. :)

Update: Victor Garber came out in 2012.

UPDATE 2: Wentworth Miller and Lucas Cruikshank just came out! *REMOVED*

UPDATE 3: Ellen Page just came out! (Feb 14, 2014)

UPDATE 4: Daniel Franzese (Damian from Mean Girls) made a 'quiet' coming out in April 2014.

1. Queen Latifah

Actress | Chicago

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr. She came from a ...

"I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen. I mean, I don’t have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life... I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not. Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway.”

2. Shawn Pyfrom

Actor | Desperate Housewives

Shawn is originally from FL. but started coming out to LA when he was 7 years old, along with his brother, Chris and sister, Amber. He has a natural talent for acting and a real love for the entertainment business. He has two very supportive parents that have helped him fulfill his dream. His ...

Like Latifah he is in a 'glass closet'. Everyone know that he's gay but he's just not admitting it.

3. Taylor Lautner

Actor | Twilight

Taylor Daniel Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Deborah, a software company worker, and Daniel Lautner, a pilot for Midwest Airlines. He, and younger sister Makena, were raised in a well-mannered, Roman Catholic household in Hudsonville, Michigan. He is of English, German, Dutch, and ...

4. Michelle Rodriguez

Actress | Avatar

Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle Rodriguez is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez on July 12, 1978, in Bexar County, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S....

5. Drake Bell

Actor | Drake & Josh

Drake Bell was born on June 27, 1986 in Santa Ana, California, USA as Jared Drake Bell. He is known for his work on Drake & Josh (2004), Superhero Movie (2008) and Yours, Mine & Ours (2005).

6. Lee Pace

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

In 2003, Lee Grinner Pace starred in the Sundance hit, Soldier's Girl (2003), an extraordinary telefilm created for Showtime. The film was based on the true story of a transgender nightclub performer in love with a soldier who is brutally murdered for their relationship. His breakthrough ...

'Accidentally' outed by fellow star Ian McKellen. Still no actual confirmation of Pace confirming it. It's highly likely that he could be gay - why would McKellen lie?

7. Kevin Spacey

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known by his stage name Kevin Spacey, is an American actor of screen and stage, film director, producer, screenwriter and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in...

"I just happen to believe that there’s a public life and there’s a private life. Everybody has a right to a private life no matter what their profession is. I chose for a long time not to answer these questions because of the manner in which they were asked, and because I was never talking to someone I trusted, so why should I? I’ve just never believed in pimping my personal life out for publicity. I’m not interested in doing it. Never will do it. They can gossip all they want; they can speculate all they want."

A classical way of saying I'm gay and it's just my own business.

8. Colton Haynes

Actor | San Andreas

American actor and model Colton Lee Haynes was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Dana Denise (Mitchell) and William Clayton Haynes. He began modeling at age 15 and his first success came with an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign. He also modeled for J.C. Penney, Kira Plastinina, and Ralph Lauren. He is best ...

9. David Archuleta

Actor | Nandito ako

David Archuleta was born on December 28, 1990 in Miami, Florida, USA as David James Archuleta. He is an actor, known for Nandito ako (2012), So You Think You Can Dance (2005) and Hoy nos toca (2017).

10. Enrique Iglesias

Soundtrack | Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler was born in Madrid, Spain, to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and Spanish-Filipino socialite Isabel Preysler. In 1979, his parents' marriage was annulled. He was eight years old when he moved to the U.S., and at the age of 15, secretly began writing music. He studied ...

Rarely seen with his tennis playing girlfriend. Still hasn't married her. Admits liking kissing men. Has a pretty-ish gay vibe in himself.

11. Kellan Lutz

Actor | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Actor and model Kellan Lutz was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, to Karla (Theesfeld) and Bradley Lutz. He has six brothers and a sister, and is of German, as well as smaller amounts of English, Swedish, and Dutch, descent. As a child, his family moved around, and he grew up in North Dakota, the ...

12. Missy Elliott

Soundtrack | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Hip-hop emcee and R&B songwriter Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become one of the most esteemed figures in contemporary American music, providing material for artists including MC Lyte, Adina Howard, and Jodeci, as well as working as an arranger, producer, talent ...

There has been lots of rumours and allegations of her being a lesbian. She probably thinks that the 'afraid of giving birth' excuse to be a good reason for not being with a man. And she said she wants to adopt.

13. Louis Tomlinson

Actor | iCarly

Louis Tomlinson was born on December 24, 1991 in Doncaster, England as Louis Troy Austin.

If One Direction has the one gay member (as do most boybands), it's him without a doubt.

14. Sanaa Lathan

Actress | AVP: Alien vs. Predator

Sanaa Lathan, pronounced Sa-NAA, "like Sinatra without the tra", was born on September 19, 1971, in New York, as her actress mother Eleanor McCoy performed on Broadway with the likes of Eartha Kitt, and her director father Stan Lathan worked behind the scenes in television for PBS. She was exposed ...

15. Rodrigo Santoro

Actor | 300

One of Brazil's most talented and famous actors, Rodrigo Junqueira dos Reis Santoro was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Maria José Junqueira dos Reis, an artist, and Francesco Santoro, an engineer. His father is Italian, while his mother, who is Brazilian, has Portuguese ancestry.


16. Joe Jonas

Soundtrack | Camp Rock

Joe Jonas got his start as the frontman for the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling group, Jonas Brothers, which quickly grew into one of the highest-grossing bands in music history.

Beyond his career in music, Joe has appeared in guest-starring roles on TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" and The ...

17. Ryan Kwanten

Actor | True Blood

An Australian actor, Ryan Kwanten was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He appeared on several TV shows Down Under, including a five year stint on the popular series Home and Away. After graduating from business school at the University of Sydney, he came to Los Angeles for what was supposed to...

"It was Einstein who once said, 'The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.' We almost know too much about far too many actors in this day and age — to the point where it becomes harder and harder to see them as a character. So I’ve always tried to maintain somewhat of an air of mystery."

18. Ian McDiarmid

Actor | Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Ian McDiarmid was born on August 11, 1944 in Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland. He studied for a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, but eventually found that his calling was in theatre. He went to the Royal Academy in Glasgow, where he received the prestigious gold...

19. John Travolta

Actor | Battlefield Earth

John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, ...

20. Seann William Scott

Actor | American Pie

Seann William Scott was born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, to Patricia Anne (Simons) and William Frank Scott, a factory worker. He was discovered at a talent competition in Los Angeles, and almost immediately was flown to New York by ABC to test for All My Children (1970). His face has also been ...

“I really have no desire to date a super hot actress because they’re all nuts anyway. Anyway, I’m a pretty private guy so if I was going out with Britney Spears you wouldn’t find out about it from me.”

21. Hal Sparks

Actor | Queer as Folk

Hal Sparks was born on September 25, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Hal Harry Magee Sparks III. He is an actor and director, known for Queer as Folk (2000), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Dude, Where's My Car? (2000).

He looks like those cutesy gay fashion designers. I could swear that he was one himself.

22. Susan Boyle

Actress | Zoolander 2

Susan Boyle was born on April 1, 1961 in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland as Susan Magdalane Boyle.

23. Jeremy Renner

Actor | The Hurt Locker

Jeremy Lee Renner was born in Modesto, California, the son of Valerie (Tague) and Lee Renner, who managed a bowling alley. After a tumultuous yet happy childhood with his four younger siblings, Renner graduated from Beyer High School and attended Modesto Junior College. He explored several areas of...

"I am not gay. And I don't care if you're talking about things that are true, you're still talking about my personal life...It's none of your goddamn business."

24. Craig David

Soundtrack | About Time

Craig David was born on May 5, 1981 in Southampton, Hampshire, England as Craig Ashley David.

Gay club visit: "It was a sick night. Some of the guys I was with were a bit weirded out by being chatted up by a guy. If you’re closed-minded, you never know what to do." Celebrity crush? "It’d have to be BRAD PITT. Or DAVID BECKHAM — they’re hot! You can’t deny it. Every guy in the world thinks so."

Not helping gay rumors...

25. Zayn Malik

Soundtrack | Fifty Shades Darker

Zayn Malik was born in Bradford, England, to Tricia (Brannan) and Yaser Malik, and is of Pakistani (father) and English-Irish (mother) descent. He had an early love for singing and performing, and at the age of 17 he competed in the television competition The X Factor. After judges Nicole ...

The minute I first glanced at his face (in 2010) I was certain that he was gay until I didn't read any confirmation on this.

26. Justin Bieber

Soundtrack | Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Justin Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada and was raised in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Pattie Mallette and Jeremy Bieber. He is of French-Canadian (mother) and German, Irish, Scottish, and English (father) descent. He has two ...

He is not in this list because it's "cool" to call him gay. There is this 'vibe' that he gives. I don't know. I'm sure all the girls around him in hotels and bars are his BFF's.

27. Johnny Gill

Soundtrack | New Jack City

Born in Washington, D.C., Johnny Gill was discovered by singer Stacy Lattisaw after singing in his family's group Wings of Faith from the age of five. His solo career began in 1983 with the Top 30 R&B single "Super Love." In 1988, he joined New Edition, replacing Bobby Brown. In 1989 he sang on two...

28. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actor | Inception

Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and ...

“There's nothing positive that can come from paying attention to that kind of thing – not just wondering whether or not someone thinks you're gay but also worrying what people will think of who you're dating or what you drive. I just do my best to ignore all that *beep*

Another who-cares-about-my-personal-life motif.

29. Chace Crawford

Actor | The Covenant

Christopher Chace Crawford was born in Lubbock, Texas, the son of Dana (Plott), a teacher, and Chris Wayne Crawford, a dermatologist. He grew up in Plano, Texas, and has a younger sister, Candice Crawford Romo, who studied broadcast journalism and won the Miss Missouri USA title in 2008. Chace ...

In an article dealing with closeted sexuality in Hollywood, the paper talks about him enjoying the company of a man at a recent event, and noted the man stared them down when they passed by as if to say, “don’t you dare write about this.”

30. Katherine Moennig

Actress | The Lincoln Lawyer

Katherine Moennig was born on December 29, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Katherine Sian Moennig. She is an actress, known for The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Gone (2012) and Everybody's Fine (2009).

Plays a lesbian in The L Word - okay, that's fine, straight women play gay roles. But, while she seems similar to her character in real life (looks, mannerism, etc), she also never calls herself straight nor gay. She seems to back away from questions regarding her sexuality. Wonder why...