In an exclusive interview with People Magazine scheduled for publication this week, heart throb Ryan Gosling comes out of the closet. Rumors about the leading man’s announcement have been swirling around Hollywood over the last week, and even Stephen Colbert used the Supreme Court’s hearings on marriage equality to announce he was calling dibs on gay marrying Gosling. Last week Gosling stunned Hollywood by announcing he was taking a break from acting, in an attempt by the actor’s people to diminish rumors about his sexuality and to protect People’s exclusive for which word has it the actor was payed $1.5 million. “I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it,” he told The Associated Press. But secrets and your sexual preferences are hard to keep hidden in Hollywood and Gosling was forced to issue a statement through his publicist this weekend. “Being gay is just part of whom I am,” his statement partially reads. “It’s time I share that part of me with the rest of the world.”
And gay men all over the world have dropped to their knees waiting for whatever part of him Gosling would like to share.
While the 32-year-old Canadian born actor has been rumored to be dating a procession of Hollywood starlets and co-stars over the years, none have ever seemed to take. Meanwhile, other Hollywood hunks whose sexuality is in question have gone out of their way to profess their appreciation of Ryan’s scruffy boyish good looks. Last year Daniel Radcliffe told Out Magazine that he’d “go gay” for Gosling, and fellow not-yet-out stud Bradley Cooper, responding to his dubious win of People’s Sexiest Man Alive title admitted to having a hard-on for Gosling too. “We were both in Paris this last week and a friend of mine showed me … photographs from the paparazzi – and when I say friend, I mean me, alone in my room, looking at the computer – he’s the greatest!”
George Clooney, who is rumored to fly the rainbow banner in his heart himself, also outs himself as being firmly in Ryan Gosling’s camp when it comes to the controversy about Gosling’s loss of the People’s Sexiest Man Alive title to Cooper, and thinks that Gosling is the hottest guy in Hollywood. ”Not that I don’t think Bradley Cooper is a perfectly sexy guy, but I’m still shocked that Ryan Gosling didn’t get Sexiest Man Alive,” he said. No problemo. Clooney – of whom Channing Tatum told Britain’s The Sun earlier this week, “I’d have sex with him” – who was in charge of the casting couch for The Ides of March, took one for the team by settling accounts with a leading role for Gosling in his movie.
Not surprisingly, the fish of Hollywood, who always seem to know first, have not joined in on the I want Ryan Gosling to do me bandwagon. Rumor had it late last year that Gosling and Eva Mendes were soon to be engaged, but Cooper, who stars with the pair in the recently released The Place Beyond the Pines, warned him away from taking part in the bearded wife experience citing his own short five month marriage to Jennifer Esposito as a cautionary tale.
But then Gosling’s love for his fellow man has been no big secret among Hollywood insiders but instead has been somewhat of a running gag for years. Even Gosling himself has joked about his preferences. Soon after moving to New York, in an interview with Jimmy Fallon Gosling recounted his experience at the infamous Russian Turkish Baths on East 10th St. “It’s just a big hairy Turkish guy that washes you with a bar of soap,” Gosling complained to a visibly disturbed Fallon. “He washed me for a while then I go on my front, you know, and then he tries to connect my right foot to my left arm … and his belly goes in my mouth,” he said of his experience of being naked while getting oiled down by the masseur. Gosling wasn’t satisfied with just one taste of the Turkish belly and proceeded to lick the man’s torso to try to place the taste he told Fallon.
That attitude toward his open secret also made its way to the big screen in Crazy, Stupid, Love, during a naked locker-room scene. Gosling says he made sure his privates were positioned as uncomfortably close to co-star Steve Carell’s face as they could possibly be. “It was funny to watch him blink many times, and then turn away,” Gosling told a reporter during a dinner interview with Carell.
“It was so hard not to laugh,” said Carell about filming the scene. “We giggled all the way through it. I had the idea that maybe my character should pass out and maybe fall forward toward him, which he had to prepare himself for both physically and emotionally,” he said. “He is just such a beautiful and deep person,” Carell added, without a trace of irony.
Seeing a quizzical look on the reporter’s face, Gosling, who had laid a napkin across his co-star’s lap before the two started eating, said, “Yes, we’re having a bromance.”
Carell chimed in: “There’s nothing wrong with that,” prompting a quick reply from Gosling. “He’s just so handsome.”
Of course every gay man knows a good bromance can lead to a romance if you play your cards right. Then again when you are just reaching puberty, you have to play the hand you’re dealt with, which is no small feat considering how busy your hands suddenly become at that age. So things don’t always turn out the way your heart may like and years later your first crush may refer to you not as a great romance of the past but as a boho instead. As is the case with Gosling and the one who apparently got away, Justin Timberlake.
Justin and Gosling were on The All New Mickey Mouse Club together in the early-to-mid ’90s though Gosling appeared on-screen infrequently because the other regulars, including Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, were considered to be more talented. Nonetheless, he has described the job as the greatest two years of his life thanks to having lived together with Justin during the second year of the show when Timberlake’s mother became Gosling’s legal guardian after his own mother returned to Canada for work reasons. “Aw, man, we were crazy,” Timberlake recalls of the days they worked, lived, and shared a bathroom together. “We were eleven and we were partners for a short amount of time,” he says.
While Gosling’s exclusive with People, and his coming out tale, has not yet hit the newsstands and still remains under wraps, portions of the story have leaked, dribbling out at a flow more voluminous than John Travolta at the sight of a male massage shop. “I feel like I think like a woman,” he says in the interview. “I grew up with my mother and my sister so I’ve just been programmed to think like a girl,’ says Gosling, who has said in the past that a perfect day to him is a day he can spend knitting.
Sources report Gosling goes on to explain his decision to announce to the world that he is a gay man. “I feel like I’ve been on autopilot until this year,” he says. “I just knew what I should be doing. It wasn’t even a conscious thought. It was automatic.”
Part of the reason he decided to come out, as well as for his decision to take a break from acting is due to the roles he’s been offered which go against his true inclinations. “There’s no point in me playing roles that I can’t offer anything to,” Gosling says. “It might seem like a good idea at the time. But when it’s over nobody wins, the studio loses, the audience loses, I lose, we all lose.”
But with his coming out as a gay man, instead Gosling – and gay men the world over – are winners. He’ll make the perfect husband for some lucky man, Or as Stephen Colbert sums it up, “Support for gay marriage is surging like Ryan Gosling in my dreams.”
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