Being a celebrity obviously comes with a lot of amazing perks – free things, unlimited vacations, money, almost never getting in trouble for their actions, etc. – but it also has some downsides. The worst thing about being famous, I would imagine, is the lack of privacy, both in terms of paparazzi and people constantly asking about their most intimate moments. For example: unless a celeb is quite clearly straight, they are constantly asked how they identify, sexually. Are they gay? Lesbian? Bisexual? Pansexual? There are celebrities who won’t respond, celebrities who happily answer, celebrities who lie, and then there are celebrities who refuse to label their sexuality and play that game.
It might surprise you to find out that some of your favorite stars won’t put a label on their sexuality. Whether it’s because they just don’t want the public to know or because they genuinely do not label their sexuality, it doesn’t matter: it’s still pretty badass. As more and more LGBTQ issues arise in the media, Hollywood’s most famous have become more open about who they like and how they identify. Even so, it’s still pretty badass to shut down a nosy interviewer with a smart comment about being unwilling to label themselves. Here are 16 examples of celebrities who won’t label their sexuality – and honestly, just like anyone else, they never have to if they don’t want to.
Shay MitchellShay Mitchell plays a lesbian character in Pretty Little Liars, and this fictional role has *obviously* caused a lot of people to wonder about her IRL sexuality. Shay recently did an interview with Cosmopolitan where she addressed it for the first time. She said, "When I started, people were like, 'What are you?' I'm like, right now I'm dating a guy. I don't know what it's going to be in three years. You love who you love. Black, white, polka dot, that's what my dad always said. I'm never going to label myself. I could be 50 and dating a woman and then what? I said I was straight and now I'm not?'" Source: Instagram
Josh HutchersonRumors have swirled about Josh Hutcherson's sexuality for years, and I'm not really sure. The actor ignored the chatter for a while, until a fairly recent interview with Out magazine where he confronted it. When asked how he identifies, Josh said, "I would probably list myself as mostly straight." BUT he continued, "Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight. But who knows? In a f****** year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person." He added, "I’ve met guys all the time that I’m like, Damn, that’s a good-looking guy, you know? I’ve never been, like, Oh, I want to kiss that guy. I really love women. But I think defining yourself as 100% anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded." We hear female celebrities say similar things all the time, but it's always inspiring to hear a male celeb say it - girls are "allowed" to call other girls hot, but when a dude calls another dude out, it's suddenly a huge issue. Props to Josh for being honest! Credit: Laura Cavanaugh / Contributor / Getty Images
Kristen StewartThere have been rumors that Kristen Stewart is a lesbian practically from the moment she became famous. Even after years of dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson (which I am 100 percent positive was fake), Kristen still had to deal with lingering questions about her sexuality. After being spotted with a girl, Kristen opened up to Nylon magazine, saying, "If you feel like you really want to define yourself, and you have the ability to articulate those parameters and that in itself defines you, then do it. But I am an actress, man. I live in the f*cking ambiguity of this life and I love it. I don’t feel like it would be true for me to be like, ‘I’m coming out!’ No, I do a job. I think in three or four years, there are going to be a whole lot more people who don’t think it’s necessary to figure out if you’re gay or straight. It’s like, just do your thing." Credit: David Livingston / Contributor/ Getty Images
Keke PalmerKeke Palmer got everyone talking in late 2015 when she released her music video for her song 'I Don't Belong To You.' In the video, she was pictured doing sexual/intimate things with both a man and a woman, and everyone immediately freaked out. Afterwards, she spoke to told Peoplemagazine about it, saying, "The video was to represent the young woman today – it's not the traditional woman anymore – and not the specifics of 'Am I gay? Am I straight? Am I bi?' I'm making the rules for myself, and I don't have to be stuck down to one label." Source; Instagram
KeshaNever one to be shy about, well, anything, Kesha spoke to Seventeen in 2013 about her sexuality. Although she said she likes both men and women, which would make it seem like she's bisexual, Kesha made it clear that she wasn't labeling herself that way. She said, "I don't love just men. I love people. It's not about a gender. It's just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you're with... I wouldn't say I'm gay or straight - I don't like labeling things anyway. I just like people.” Source: Instagram
Angel HazeRapper Angel Haze had fans questioning her sexuality after her lyrics in Macklemore's 'Same Love' song, where she sang, "No, I'm not gay/No, I'm not straight/And I sure as hell am not bisexual/Damn it I am whoever I am when I am it." This would pretty much explain things, but of course the media couldn't let it go, even when she was in a public relationship with Ireland Baldwin. Angel said, "I think labels aren’t for me. It’s not for a person, it’s to make other people comfortable. To kind of identify as pansexual, to me, means to just want love. To have a connection with anyone you can find it with." Source; Instagram
Rowan BlanchardWhen she first appeared on Girl Meets World, Rowan Blanchard seemed like any other teen star - but she quickly defined herself as someone who isn't afraid to speak up and be herself, which is amazing. On her Twitter, she said, " In my life - only ever liked boys. However I personally don't wanna label myself as straight, gay or whateva so I am not gonna give myself labels to stick with - just existing;)" She added, "Yes, [I'm] open to liking any gender in future is why I identify as queer." This open-minded statement left a lot of people angry, saying it was ridiculous that she would leave her sexuality open that way at such a young age. Why? I have no idea. I think it's pretty cool! Source; Instagram
Miley CyrusAfter her engagement with Liam Hemsworth ended (although that might be back on), a lot of things changed for Miley. She cut her hair, she started dressing and acting differently, she publicly dated women, and she made it seem as though she were bisexual. A lot of people were wondering what she identified as, and Miley finally talked about it with TIME, saying, "I’m just equal. I’m just even. It has nothing to do with any parts of me or how I dress or how I look. It’s literally just how I feel ... People try to make everyone something. You can just be whatever you want to be." Source: Instagram
Raven SymonePeople gossiped about Raven Symone's sexuality for years, assuming she was a lesbian or at least bisexual. Raven opened up about it to Oprah Winfrey in a revealing interview, saying she's "tired of being labeled." She added, "I knew when I was, like, 12. I was looking at everything... I don't want to be labeled 'gay.' I want to be labeled 'a human who loves humans.'" Source: Instagram
Lily Rose DeppIt's no surprise that the ridiculously cool daughter of Jonny Depp and Vanessa Paradis would also be ridiculously cool about talking about her sexuality. After she participated in a Self Evident Truth campaign, everyone wondered what Lily "was." Lily told Teen Vogue that she did the video to encourage people to be whoever they wanted to be, not as a way to come out to the world. She said, “A lot of people took that as me coming out, but it wasn't at all. I did it to say the opposite, to say that you don't have to label your sexuality. If one day I decide to do something different, I'm comfortable with that, with whomever I happen to like. I'm just saying to kids today: It's becoming more acceptable not to label your sexuality, to not say I only like boys, or I only like girls. It's something that's so fluid and not set in stone. You might think you're straight for 50 years and then decide that you're gay, or vice-versa. It can change. It's a spectrum, and everybody is somewhere on the spectrum. Like whoever you want to like and feel whatever you want to feel.” Source; Instagram
Cara DelevingneIn her career as a supermodel and actress, Cara has dealt with a ton of rumors about her sexuality that got even worse when she started seriously dating Annie Clark (St. Vincent). Cara initially refused to talk about her sexuality, but she eventually opened up to Vogue, saying, "I think people shouldn’t be scared of that. I’m young, I’m having fun, I don’t want to pretend to be something I’m not... Being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I’m feeling so happy with who I am these days.” Source: Instagram
Demi LovatoDemi's sexuality had been a discussion in the past, but was forgotten about when she started dating Wilmer Valderrama quite seriously. But after people heard the lyrics of "Cool For The Summer" - which hinted at bisexuality - it became a topic of discussion again. She told British talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man , "I am not confirming, and I'm definitely not denying. All of my songs are based off of personal experiences. I don't think there's anything wrong with experimentation at all." Source: Instagram
Ezra MillerAfter starring in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Ezra Miller spoke candidly about his sexuality to Out magazine. He said, "I’m queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I’ve been trying to figure out relationships, you know? I don’t know if it’s responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don’t think we’re ready for them. The romanticism within our culture dictates that that’s what you’re supposed to be looking for. Then [when] we find what we think is love -- even if it is love -- we do not yet have the tools. I do feel that it’s possible to be at this age unintentionally hurtful, just by being irresponsible -- which is fine. I’m super down with being irresponsible. I’m just trying to make sure my lack of responsibility no longer hurts people. That’s where I’m at in the boyfriend/girlfriend/zefriend type of question." Source: Credit: Gary Gershoff / Contributor / Getty Images
Amber HeardAfter coming out as bisexual a few years ago, Amber Heard's sexuality came into question again once she married Johnny Depp. Amber quickly got fed up with the questions, and she said "I don't want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me. But I don't want to have to be defined by it. I'm fundamentally opposed to trying to edit myself to be palatable or popular. I don't give a f--k. I fight, but I shouldn't have to." Credit: Rabbani and Solimene Photography / Contributor / Getty Images
Shailene WoodleyShailene has been pretty open about her sexuality, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "I fall in love with human beings based on who they are, not based on what they do or what sex they are." Credit: Jim Spellman / Contributor / Getty Images
Angelina JolieThere are tons of rumors about Angelina Jolie's sexuality, but the actress hasn't said much - except that she doesn't want to be labeled. Simple as that! Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Contributor / Getty Images
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