Like many other male celebrities before him, Matt Damon too was once plagued by very persistent gay rumors, which continued even after he married and started a family. He’s now explaining why he never wanted to address them.
Damon is promoting two brand new films, “Promised Land” and “Beyond the Candelabra,” with the latter seeing him play a man in a gay relationship with an older man.
Speaking to Playboy magazine about the role and what it meant for him, Matt also touches on another topic that is close to his heart: the gay community and how he was once said to be gay himself.
There was a very good reason in his refusal to address the rumors, if only to deny them: he did not wish to reinforce the impression that there was something wrong with being gay.
“I never denied those rumors because I was offended and didn’t want to offend my friends who were gay – as if being gay were some kind of [expletive]-ing disease. It put me in a weird position in that sense,” Damon says for the publication.
In other words, he deemed it best to just ignore the situation altogether than to contribute to making it worse, even if that meant putting to rest certain rumors that involved him directly.
On the bright side, things are changing today.
“The whole thing was just gross. But look, there have been great signs of progress – the fact that Anderson Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres can come out so beautifully and powerfully, and it’s a big [expletive]-ing deal that it turns out nobody gives a [expletive],” the actor explains.
In the same interview, besides promoting his films, Damon also talks about his gorgeous family and gorgeous wife, and how she deserves someone more romantic than he could ever be – because he simply "sucks" at doing grand romantic gestures.
Even if you’re not a diehard fan of the actor, the interview is a must-read. See it here in full.