Kevin Spacey hosted the Tony Awards 2017 last night, and he came packed with some impressive impressions. During the show, he gave a hilarious answer to the gay rumors that he has been subjected for most of his career.
Did Kevin Spacey just come out of the closet? As Whoopi Goldberg put it, “It depends on who you ask.” The newly appointed President of the U.S. in House of Cards has some serious theater chops that landed him the Tony Awards hosting gig. To keep the crowd entertained, he pulled out some impressions and gave a nod to the speculation about his sexuality. Kevin Spacey’s wife or girlfriend (if he even has one) is never seen in public. The actor himself is sworn to secrecy…well, to himself. So there’s next to nothing on his personal life. Naturally, many ask if Kevin Spacey is gay.
Sworn to Secrecy
Secrecy fits the image of Frank Underwood in House of Cards, but in reality the actor who portrays him is even more secretive. As Hollywood insiders say, “we know more about the surface of Mars than about Spacey’s private life.”
The actor has previously slammed people for prying too much into his personal life. “I’ve just never believed in pimping my personal life out for publicity. I’m not interested in doing it. Never will do it. They can gossip all they want; they can speculate all they want. I just happen to believe that there’s a public life and there’s a private life. Everybody has a right to a private life no matter what their profession is.”
Is Kevin Spacey Married?
Spacey is understandably private, which isn’t uncommon among celebs. But thanks to his privacy, he has been dogged by persistent rumors of his sexuality. Magazines had all but declared him gay in the past, which had led to the many rumors.
Adding to the rumors is the notable absence of a wife or a girlfriend. The Oscar-winner’s usual date at award shows was his mother, Kathleen. His relationship with his father, Thomas Fowler, hasn’t been the best and he adopted his middle name “Spacey” as his last name.
While it’s impossible to believe a strikingly handsome man like Spacey is single, we only know that he lives with his two beloved dogs. Other than that, his private life is well, private.
Outed or Not?
A long time ago, a tabloid once posted a picture of the handsome actor holding hands with a man. At that time, he was a notable figure in the UK hanging out with the political who’s who of London. One of his close friends is British politician, Peter Mandelson. Mandelson is known to be gay, but also prefers not to talk about his personal life. While it’s not reasonable to read too much into their low-key friendship, people still do.
Vanity Fair and Esquire have all but stated that Kevin Spacey is secretly gay. There were no facts provided to support the claim, other than the fact that he hasn’t been seen with any women. Spacey hit back at the publications, calling the piece of news “dishonest and malicious.” But the speculation wouldn’t stop.
Ultimately, Spacey broke his own policy and told Playboy that he isn’t gay. “I’m not married and I won’t talk about my private life, so it must mean I’m gay.” He also shared his dreams of having a family and admitted he has dated women, one of his relationships lasting nine years. Spacey also joked that the rumors added to his sex appeal with women.
In 2000, Kevin Spacey’s girlfriend was his date to the Oscars, and he thanked her when he won the award that night. Reports suggest she was Dianne Dreyer, his script supervisor.
While handling hosting duties at the Tony Awards last night, Spacey not only channeled Frank Underwood, he did an impression of Bill Clinton (his longtime friend) and Johnny Carson. Whoopi Goldberg made an appearance in his musical number, where he dropped a few Easter Eggs about “coming out.”
When he asked former Tony Awards host Billy Crystal for advice, he apparently said, “If all else fails, put on a dress.” Spacey took his advice and dressed up like Norma Desmond from Sunset Blvd! Dressed as the iconic musical character, he belted out the line, “I’m coming out,” before stopping himself and going, “No, wait, no …”
Kevin Spacey saying he’s not gay doesn’t do anything about the speculation with openly gay celebrity, Andy Cohen, demanding he come out of the closet. Outside of work, if Kevin Spacey does have a relationship, it’s unlikely that he’s going to reveal it.