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56 celebrities you didn’t know were gay, bisexual or lesbian

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Some stars come out as LGBT+ to big fanfare, but others may have been out for years or may have come out quietly.

PinkNews brings you a list of 56 iconic stars who, even if they personally avoid labels, are still LGBT role models.

Take a look through some of the celebrities that you might not know are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

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1. Cara Delevingne

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The Paper Towns actor and model has had high-profile relationships with women.

In July 2017 she said she doesn’t like being “pigeonholed” by people who insist on labelling her gay.

The Suicide Squad star also opened up about her battle with depression, with a view to opening up a dialogue on the subject.

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2. Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon

The Ghostbusters star was the first out lesbian member of the Saturday Night Live cast. She revealed that she realised she was a lesbian after watching Gillian Anderson as Scully on the hit show X-Files.

“I figured it out by watching The X-Files and by noticing my physiological reaction to it,” she said.

“I thought at first my physiological reaction was a product of David Duchovny’s face but no, it was Gillian Anderson-who still is the queen of my heart. So I knew then.”

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3. Cameron Diaz

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The Charlie’s Angels star said in 2014: “All women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point.”

Then speaking to Andy Cohen, Diaz expanded on her comments, saying: “Yes, I have been with a lady…You didn’t ask explicitly how I was with a lady, but I have been with a lady.”

4. Amandla Stenberg

Amanda Stenberg
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Hunger Games star Amandla came out as bisexual via a series of Snaps back in 2016.

On the subject of minorities being “silenced” she said: “As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman I’ve been through it, and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable.”

Stenberg made her film debut in 2011 in the film Colombiana before landing the role of Roo in the mega-hit Hunger Games series starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

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5. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie has spoken about her bisexuality for a long time.

Speaking to Jane magazine, the readers of which said she was the most attractive star, she said: “They’re right to think that about me because I’m the person most likely to sleep with my female fans. I genuinely love other women. And I think they know that.”

Back in 2014, Jolie, then married to Brad Pitt announced her support for their ten-year-old to self-identify as male.

The former couple were criticised in 2012 after they gave up waiting for marriage equality to marry, despite previously promising they would hold off.

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6. Gillian Anderson

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As well as helping Kate McKinnon to realise her own sexual orientation, Gillian Anderson has also had relationships with women.

Back in 2014, years after revealing she had relationships with women, she said she owed it to a late female partner not to keep their relationship a secret.

Anderson was unrecognisable in a still from TV series American Gods, in which she’s playing David Bowie.

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7. Amber Heard

Amber Heard
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Danish Girl actor Amber Heard has been vocal about her bisexuality for years. She recently said being married to Johnny Depp doesn’t define her sexuality.

This year she spoke about an “obsession” with bisexuality in Hollywood.

Tabloid newspaper the Sun claimed in a sensational report that Heard’s “bisexual tendencies” and a close friendship with Cara Delevingne led to the breakdown of her marriage with Johnny Depp.

The 30-year-old finalised her divorce with Depp and donated the whole of the $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

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8. Daniel Newman

Daniel Newman
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The Walking Dead star Daniel Newman who plays Daniel in the hit series came out as gay in an emotional reveal in early 2017.

In a touching YouTube video, he said a chance meeting with a girl at a homeless youth centre he was volunteering at had changed his mind about hiding his sexuality.

The actor, who has also starred in Vampire Diaries, Homeland and Sex and the City, said the girl had thanked him profusely for helping the LGBT community.

After he had questioned why she was thanking him, she said: “Because you’re straight.” That was the moment he said he knew he had to come out.

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9. Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore with puppies
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The Santa Clarita Diet star came out as bisexual in 2003. She has been married three times, to Jeremy Thomas, Tom Green and Will Kopelman.

She told Contact Music: “Do I like women sexually? Yeah, I do. Totally. I have always considered myself bisexual.”

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10. Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller
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Prison Break star Wentworth Miller came out as gay back in 2013 when he declined to attend a Russian film festival.

He has since used his prominence to speak out about his mental health issues and self-harm stemming from troubles with his sexuality.

Miller hit back at a follower who said he is not a “real man” back in 2016, and later starred in a powerful PSA about mental health issues.

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12. Holland Taylor

The 74-year-old actor spoke about her sexuality back in 2015, saying she never needed to come out because she lives out.

She and American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson have since confirmed that they are in a long-term relationship together.

On coming out, she said: “No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out.”


13. Nyle DiMarco

Nyle DiMarco

America’s Next Top Model star DiMarco came out in 2015, saying he is “sexually fluid”.

The model – one of last year’s most popular contestants – revealed to his sexuality to his followers during a Twitter Q&A.

He later said he is glad to be deaf because it means he doesn’t have to listen to Donald Trump.

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14. Fergie

Back in 2009, the Black Eyed Peas star confirmed she is bisexual. And she said she does love a “well-endowed man”.

The star, who married Josh Duchamel, told the Sun: “Put it this way, I’ve experimented definitely, but I have never had a steady girlfriend.”


15. Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin

The True Blood star has been out as bisexual since 2010. In 2012 she said bisexuality is “just part of who I am”.

After coming out she said she was proud to be a happily married bisexual mother, and said that her bisexuality really hadn’t been a secret.

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16. Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer

The American Horror Story star has been out as gay since 2012. He married his husband Simon Halls in 2011.

The Magic Mike star revealed his parents’ shocking reaction to his coming out in May 2017.

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17. Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne

The singer came out in 2015, saying she wanted to be honest with her fans. She later said she didn’t want to put a label on her sexuality and helped a gay couple get engaged.

Glynne had previously spoken of how her debut album was inspired by breaking up with an ex-girlfriend.

However, when the star recently opened up about her sexuality, she claimed she doesn’t want her honesty to mean she is branded as straight, lesbian or bisexual – instead, she wants to avoid labels altogether.

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18. Tim Cook

Tim Cook

The Apple boss who took over from Steve Jobs when he passed away, came out as gay in 2014.

Cook was even considered by Hillary Clinton as a possible running mate for her 2016 presidential bid.

In 2017, the Apple CEO won The Newseum Institute’s Free Speech Award for his work protecting LGBT rights.

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19. Joel Grey

Joel Grey

Cabaret star Joel Grey who played the Emcee in the hit film proved it’s never too late to come out, coming out as gay aged 82 back in 2015.

The Cabaret star played the Emcee in both the original stage and film versions of the Kander and Ebb musical – and later played a gay man in the stage version of AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

In an interview with People magazine, he said: “I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.

“All the people close to me have known for years who I am. [Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”


20. Kristian Nairn


Nairn, who plays Hodor in Game of Thrones came out as gay back in 2014.

He said: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about my community, haha.”

Nairn later said he is happy to fight gay stereotypes: “It’s been everywhere, People, CNN, all the way down to the little local paper in Belfast. I don’t want to be a figurehead or anything, but if I can help one person, I’ll be happy.”

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