Patrick Stewart Announces He’s Straight, Eats Lots of Chicken Wings

By Patrick Yacco

Originally published on February 19 2014 4:31 PM ET

U.K. newspaper The Guardian may have misidentified him as gay, but Broadway and film actor Patrick Stewart took it in stride and tweeted uproarious messages in response, reports The Huffington Post.

It all started when the English thespian posted a congratulatory note to Ellen Page for her coming-out this past weekend. The Guardian then ran an article about celebrities' responses to Page's announcement. In her report, journalist Jane Czyzselska misidentified Stewart as gay. It was later corrected, but the Poynter Institute was quick to note the rewrite, which was in turn commented on by Stewart himself:

.@Poynter But @guardian I have, like, five or even SEVEN hetero friends and we totally drink beer and eat lots of chicken wings!

— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 18, 2014

Stewart also retweeted a fan’s comment that he may have been confused with frequent costar Ian McKellen or thought to be McKellen’s partner:

MT “@Gruaig_Rua: @Poynter Silly @guardian. You can't catch gay by hanging out with #LGBT people."

— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 18, 2014

Nevertheless, as Stewart points out, being mistaken for gay sure beat being mistaken for dead:

Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change ... at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again.

— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 18, 2014

And while Stewart isn’t gay, he does maintain a close friendship with out actor McKellen. The two currently are starring together on Broadway and have used social media to document their exploration of New York City. Additionally, McKellen officiated Stewart’s recent marriage to singer Sunny Ozell.

Patrick Yacco