Once an outspoken man who tweeted almost daily, director Bryan Singer has been tight-lipped in the month since news broke that he was being accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1990s.
While Singer, 48, hasn't tweeted since April 15 (the day before the accusations were filed in California and Hawaii courts), he spoke to Out magazine for a feature interview just before the story broke.
The Emmy nominee is profiled in the LGBTQ magazine, where he was frank about his personal life.
"I’m quite bisexual," he told the publication. "In the last five years, I’ve had two girlfriends—one for two years, one for eight months… In the end, it’s probably going to be a guy. I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer."
Singer also opened up about his coming out, explaining that as a child, his parents wanted to send him to a therapist who specialized in sexual orientation, to which he responded, "My sexuality is not what is tearing me up inside. I’m in love and he doesn’t love me back and it’s killing me. I need relationship advice! I’ve never felt the need to be declarative [about my sexuality]."
This comfort level translated to Hollywood, where Singer says he didn't hide his relationships with men. "On 'Usual Suspects,' I had a boyfriend on set, and it didn’t even occur to me to not have him be affectionate," he said. "I remember Gabriel Byrne said, ‘I really admire how comfortable and open you are,’ and I thought, 'Really?'"
His openness led Singer to be identified as an "openly gay director" in the press, and kept him from having to make an "official" coming-out statement. "I was like, 'Oh, okay. That was easy.'" Singer told Out. "I came out by osmosis."
"If you look at the Kinsey Report, human sexuality is so complex," Singer continued. "And the reason I’ve never talked about it to the press—until now—is because sexuality is so complex. To have a real conversation about it, you really want to have the person you’re talking to in front of you."
While Singer was candid with the publication, he still kept quiet about his pending lawsuit as the issue went to print. He released a public statement reading, "The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support."
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