Gone are the dark days when being openly gay would have spelled the end of an artistic career.
Over the past two decades, more and more celebrities have decided to put an end to speculations about their sexuality and live as gay or bisexual out in the open.
Let’s look at who’s what in the entertainment industry and how happy they are they don’t have to hide anymore.
10 Michael Stipe
One of the most influential musicians alive, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe was forced to confront rumors about his sexuality in 1994 when many of his fans were afraid their idol had AIDS as he had lost a lot of weight and looked gaunt.
Stipe denied being sick but admitted that he was attracted to both men and women. The singer refuses to be labeled in any way. He loves who he loves.
9 Neil Patrick Harris
In real life, the evil Count Olaf of A Series of Unfortunate Events is a happily married gay man, after tying the knot with his partner of many years, David Burtka, in 2014.
Harris acknowledged his sexual orientation in 2006 when he described himself as being very fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful people. The couple has twin children, a boy, and a girl, born via surrogate in 2010.
8 Ricky Martin
When singer Ricky Martin came out as gay in 2010, the news came as a shock for many female fans. Martin established himself as one of the sexiest men alive with his 1990s hit Livin La Vida Loca.
And, no, he doesn’t live a crazy life at all. In 2018, Ricky Martin married painter Jwan Yosef, whom he had been dating for two years. They have two children together, plus the twin boys Ricky Martin adopted back in 2008.
7 Anderson Cooper
Famous CNN Anderson Cooper decided to came out of the closet in 2012. However, he never had to hide from his immediate friends and family.
According to Cooper, he was always open about his sexuality with his mother, socialite and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt.
In 2020, Cooper announced the birth of his son Wyatt Morgan and although he and his partner Benjamin Maisani are no longer together, they plan to co-parent the child.