Rupert Everett Tries to Soften Offensive Gay Parent Remarks

By Jeremy Kinser

Originally published on September 19 2012 3:03 PM ET

Rupert Everett attempts to soften the controversy surrounding his speaking out against gay parenting by saying he realizes he's "very out of kilter with the rest of the world."

The 53-year-old openly gay actor has received continued scorn for remarks he made during an interview for the magazine section of London’s Sunday Times last weekend. “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads,” he said.

While appearing on U.K. talk show This Morning, Everett stated that he was just expressing his opinion as an individual, joking that it's good news he isn't running for public office.

"I have lots of gay friends with children," he said. "I have lots of gay friends who have got married, I've been to lots of gay weddings, but I'm not big into marriage straight or gay to be honest."

Everett realizes that his opinion isn't a popular one and implies he didn't mean to start such a furor. "I'm very out of kilter with the rest of the world I realize," he said, adding, "But you know, I'm just an individual, I'm not trying to sell anything and I don't want to upset anyone and I'm not trying to have an official opinion about anything."