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Finally! Sean Hayes Admits He's Gay!

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Just as the cover of the Advocate reads - it's the interview you've waited 12 years to read!

Sean Hayes, best known for his iconic, flamboyant character Jack from Will & Grace, sat down with the mag to FINALLY discuss his homosexuality, a topic he has kept rather hush-hush about for a very long time.

In the interview, Sean expresses his discomfort with outwardly saying he's gay, only because he believes it jeopardizes his chance at landing straight roles. He explains:

“When I play a gay character I want to be as believable as possible. And when I’m playing a straight character I also want to be as believable as possible. So the less that people know about my personal life, the more believable I can be as a character.”

No need to worry about that! Look at Neil Patrick Harris! If you are a good actor, you are good actor, no matter what part you play!

But truthfully, we'll admit that he never pretended to be anything he wasn't. It wasn't like he was running around with every hot lady in Hollywood. But still- we knew, he knew, and now, he's okay to say it, but he isn't okay with it being the only identifiable aspect of his life. He says:

“I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never… Why would you go down that path with somebody who’s done so much to contribute to the gay community? That was my beef about it. What more do you want me to do? Do you want me to stand on a float? And then what? It’s never enough."

Understandable, but still, we are happy to finally hear you speak the truth. It's been a long time coming!


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62 comments to “Finally! Sean Hayes Admits He's Gay!”

  1. 1

    I honestly thought it was a forgone conclusion at this point.

    Well…cool Sean. Glad you're being true to yourself and weren't at all trying to be anything that you're not, just to "fit in".

  2. 2

    Nobody was waiting for that since everyone knew …. big deal…. I'm waiting for kristen stewart to admit she is gay but Sean… Please !

  3. 3

    Wow, who would have thought???
    Hardly a shock.

  4. 4

    As a proud member of PFLAG, I'm so happy for Sean. I hope that this decision, while not very surprising to most, finds him at peace with himself.

  5. 5

    you know what his private life is his and his alone he owes nothing to nobody he still cute .

  6. 6

    Everybody knew already!

  7. 7

    He's gay? I'm shocked !

  8. 8

    who's not ?! :D

  9. 9

    This is not news.

  10. 10

    no supprise

  11. 11

    I actually wouldn't have guessed that.

  12. 12

    He's a cutie:)

  13. 13

    Was there ever any doubt that Sean Hayes was NOT gay??? What hetero leading roles has ever played in?

  14. 14

    So what? It's not like he'd want to date you anyhow, so why should it matter so much to you? Why is it your life's goal to "out" people, then gleefully blog here like "SEE, I TOLD YOU SO!!" I don't recall seeing anyone's face on your blog when they came out as straight.
    Why is this such a big deal, besides it validates you, who apparently has a real problem with his sexuality (*that thing you have for little boys, not your homosexuality*).

  15. 15

    Knew he was gay since "Billys Hollywood Screen Kiss". But I do not agree with the gay public expecting people to come out to make them happy. If someone does not want to lose work, and they choose not to come out, so be it. thats their life, their bills they have to pay. And if they do come out but do not want to be spokespersons for the gay community, so be it.. Again, no ones business..

  16. 16

    Great actor, gay or straight! I'd still eat him up even though he is gay, damn just look at those bedroom eyes and the way he is holding his mouth…..lick!

  17. 17

    who cares about sean hayes? give us tegan and sara (who are definitely unstoppable).

  18. 18

    The only thing is that with NPH, he got the role of Barney BEFORE he was outed. Would he have gotten a role as a womanizer had people already known he was gay? I certainly think he SHOULD have, but to be honest, hollywood is fairly homophobic.

  19. 19

    Everyone who is surprised by this, raise your hands. Yeah, I didn't think so.

  20. 20

    What is this an your obession with people coming out. If he didnt wanna come out, why the hell should he? Perez, your just a shit stirring wank. Some people like to keep their private lives private you know.

  21. 21

    Wow. Such a shocker!!

  22. Heh says – reply to this


    He is right and he cant be compared to NPH because Sean is definitely a lot more flamey than NPH in general so maybe that's why he is pulling off straight roles without too much attention being payed to his sexual orientation, just because youre gay doesnt mean you have to act effeminite, I think NPH gets that

  23. 23

    love him!

  24. 24

    Neil Patrick Harris GAY?

  25. 25

    Perez sez "we are happy to finally hear you speak the truth."

    Honestly Perez…why does everyone have to go running around shouting from the mountain tops that they are or are not gay/heterosexual? Who the freak cares? Just because someone does not publically disclose their sexual preferance does NOT mean they are not "telling the truth"….as you put it. Sexuality is a personal choice, not everyone wants to everyone else to know their business, not because they are ashamed or whatever, just because some things are private.

    It's a shame the outrageous gays such as yourself feel the need to bully or call other liars just because they choose to keep their private lives just that…private.

    I dislike you more and more every day.

  26. chiro says – reply to this


    Like no one knew he was gay! I'll never understand why the gay community put so much pressure on their fellows gays to come out?!
    It's so sad.

  27. 27

    Ah well Neil Patrick Harris is definitely a Gay IWLTF.


  28. 28

    wow he looks great on the cover!

  29. 29

    Jack McFarland is and will always be one of the most iconic TV characters of all time.

  30. buck says – reply to this


    Whew!!! Thank god we got that cleared up.

  31. Laury says – reply to this


    Oh come on, like he needed to publicly come out of the closet, everyone knew he was gay. Duh.

  32. 32

    OMG I CAN NOT BELIEVE YOU DIDN'T KNOW THIS PEREZ! PLEASE! He is so cute on Will and Grace! :) I love him and about time he came out! WTG Bb!

  33. 33

    Ah, yeah!

  34. 34

    Just because NPH got a role as a straight guy, doesnt mean Sean will. In fact, he probably won't. Hollywood never casts gay guys in straight roles.

  35. 35


  36. 36

    No sh!t, really?
    Who would have guessed?
    I am so shocked.

  37. 37

    Why does he have to admit it "finally"??? His life is his own and I just don't understand why Perez thinks everyone needs to "speak the truth" up on a soapbox. He is living his own truth and doesn't need to explain ANYTHING to anyone.

    And frankly when it comes to "speaking the truth" I think that is hilarious coming from someone who makes their living peddling gossip and lies from anonymous "sources" on a website - maybe you should practice what you preach fatso?

  38. 38

    Really nobody's business. I'm certain I am just as surprised as anyone to find out Sean is a shit-packer. But, to each his own. I will not judge.

  39. 39

    u all going to helll u have no fucking friends

  40. 40

    Good for him. No rush, do it when it is time for you, not others. I love Sean Hayes! Hope to see him on something new soon.

  41. 41

    Perez, you're missing his point about not coming out. Unfortunately, gay people are still looked down upon in the media and in Hollywood… so, if he wants to maintain the same potential audience as a straight man, he has to be ambiguous. NPH is the man with the golden ticket, because he's more successful now than when he was still "in." Not every actor is so lucky.

    It takes a lot of courage and confidence for an actor to come out, especially if he really takes his career seriously. Kudos to him for making this milestone. And screw you, Perez, for attempting to force homosexuals out of the closet without their consent… you're doing more harm than good.

  42. 42

    I'm sure there's about 10 people who actually give a shit.

  43. 43

    Sean Hayes gay? well, DUH!

  44. 44

    *Rolls Eyes* Duh!!! He's Jack!!!

  45. 45

    Sean Hayes is GAY?????????? *gasp* I just thought he was a great thespian!

  46. 46

    I agree with Sean. How much information do we need about celebrities? Do we really need to know about their sex lives?

    Really, what's next?

  47. 47


  48. 48

    i could swear i saw him at Barracuda, in NYC, in 2008… maybe i'm right… that explains a little.

  49. lolli says – reply to this



  50. 50

    i was a huge fan of will and grace for a long time and let me tell you….i sometimes forgot he wasnt jack….he played the role too well. Im not too shocked. lol

    but how retouched is this cover?? omg

  51. 51

    Im kinda not shocked just cause but im glad he is comfortable with being out atleast he still looks good

  52. 52

    Everyone in and out of the industry knows he is gay… who cares?
    I really have no respect for him at this point.

  53. 53

    What is it with gay people seemingly wanting to force public
    figures to "come out." Does it really matter? This is a choice
    that should be left up to each individual and we all have a
    right to our privacy in this country if we so choose. As for
    you, Mr. Perez Hilton, your attitude about this is primitive
    and you are doing a dis-service to all gay people. I'd take
    a gay Sean Hayes over a gay Mario Perez Hilton anyday.

  54. 54

    LOL exactly - who was the dumb fuck who thought he was straight anyway, He was kidding himself to think anyone belived he was (straight)….

  55. 55

    Do people really need to say, "I'm gay" for people to realize it? It's dead obvious. I don't get what the big deal is. I hate the fact that people have to hear "I'm gay" from someone's mouth in order for it to be true. People are so dumb…

  56. 56

    Sean Hayes is a first rate actor, as anyone who saw him portray Jerry Lewis next to Jeremy Northam's Dean Martin knows. And the best episode of Will & Grace found him hilariously angry with Matt Damon's "sneaky hetero" character Owen as they compete for a spot in a men's chorus group. (Viewers may remember in an earlier W&G story, Jack's upset with the real Damon because, "He has my career!") Well, I'd like to see Hayes play many different kinds of roles in all kinds of projects, just like Damon has. If he's happy, his audience should be as well. Putting limits on a performer because of their public image kind of defeats the purpose of ACTING, where making believe is elevated to high art. All the best to you, Sean. Try making a horror film and playing a crazy man in the future! I'll bet many of your fans would love to see a change of pace that radical.

  57. 57

    About time. As if anyone not living in a cave didn't know it already. Big deal Sean. As another poster said if you're a real good actor who cares. Look at Monty Cliff. He was entirely believable as a straight guy.

  58. 58

    Re: oakieboy – No, Perez likes to get his shit stirred.

  59. 59

    I'm mad as hell. We the people were lied to. I watch tv and the movies to see actors. Sean was NOT acting. This is disgusting, a gay man playing a gay man. I feel used. Sean, you should be ashamed of yourself.

  60. 60

    I don't understand the reason YOU or anyone else NEEDS to know who is and who isnt Gay. Its not like you go up to people and say" are you straight" No you only want to know if someone is gay because they've done something for you think they may be. Its no one's business. For you mario, people are no more than LABELS to you. Gay, straight, weird, too skinny, too fat, mean to you, WHATEVER!!! LABELS ARE FOR SOUP CANS NOT PEOPLE! YOU SUCK AND SO DOES LADY WHATEVER! but thats just MY opinion. and i know the difference between opinion and fact. UNLIKE YOU.

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  62. 62

    Nobodys interested and nobody cares. I hope he made good money on Will and Grace because he's never going to have a big role like that again. As far as playing straight? I didn't buy it when he did that dorito commercial. Get real!