Nine Celebs Who Fell for the Person, Not the Gender
By Leslie Dobbins
Alfred Kinsey made headlines with his groundbreaking work in the mid-20th century, specifically with Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Human Female (1953). It was during this extensive and clearly difficult research that he developed what is commonly known as the Kinsey Scale. We have all heard about it, and we all fall somewhere on it. Some of us are sixes (exclusively homosexual), some of us are zeros (exclusively heterosexual), and there are millions of others who fall somewhere in between. Today we are celebrating the “in-betweeners,” nine celebrities brave enough to go public with their love, whether for a man or a woman. These celebs own their sexuality with unapologetic confidence and ease.
1. Lindsay Lohan
This former Disney child star made headlines back in 2011 when her relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson hit the tabloids. Whether having public make-out sessions of throwing drinks in each other's face, Lohan and Ronson seemed to have an intense attraction. The two eventually went their separate ways, and since then, Lohan has returned to dating men. During an interview with Piers Morgan in 2013, Lohan said “there was a point” when she was in love with Ronson.
Pop star Fergie spoke about her history of same-sex dalliances during an interview for Oprah’s Next Chapter in 2012. She said that touring with the Black Eyed Peas was like college, as she experimented with women while on the road. She has since married actor Josh Duhamel and they have a child together. "I met him after all that was all out there," she said. "I mean I guess I would call [myself] sexually open, free spirit ... what have you."
3. Anne Heche
In 1997, Heche, already a successful actress, made headlines when she began dating Ellen DeGeneres; the couple stayed together for 3½ years. After their breakup, Heche was found wandering aimlessly on a Central California highway and later spoke publicly about a traumatic childhood, which included a closeted gay dad. Once dubbed “Hollywood’s Most Famous Lesbian Duo,” Heche and DeGeneres had the most high-profile same-sex pairing ever. Since then, Anne has married two men, and now has two children. Ellen began dating Australian actress Portia de Rossi in 2004, and they were married in 2008.
4. Tom Hardy
Hardy, a respected English actor best known for roles in action hits like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, made comments during a 2010 interview with the British publication The Daily Mail, confirming that he had sexual experiences with men.
“Of course I have. I'm an actor for ****'s sake. I've played with everything and everyone. I love the form and the physicality, but now that I'm in my thirties, it doesn't do it for me.”
5. Cameron Diaz
A-lister Cameron Diaz was interviewed by Glamour UK in early 2014, and when asked if she has ever had same-sex attraction, her answer was direct and on point.
"We are who we are. We all know what drives us," she said. "Sexuality and love can be different things. I can be attracted to a woman sexually, but it doesn’t mean I want to be in love with a woman. If I’m going to be with a woman sexually, it doesn’t mean I’m a lesbian. We put these restraints and definitions on people, but it’s hard to define."
She was more direct with Bravo personality Andy Cohen, saying, "Yes, I have been with a lady."
Diaz married musician Benji Madden in January of this year.
6. Megan Fox
A staple on every “sexiest list” out there is Transformers beauty Megan Fox. During a GQ interview in 2008, the actress copped to a teenage fling she had with a female stripper, though she denied being bisexual. “All humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes,” she said.
During a subsequent interview the same year, when talking about fellow actress Olivia Wilde, Fox said, “Olivia Wilde is so sexy she makes me want to strangle a mountain ox with my bare hands. She’s mesmerizing.”
Fox is married to Beverly Hills 90210 alum Brian Austin Green, and together they have two kids.
7. Gavin Rossdale
Bush front man Rossdale married No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani in 2002, but Rossdale was open about the fact that he had an affair in the 1980s with British pop star Peter Robinson (Marilyn), who is known for his highly androgynous style.
In a 2010 interview with Details, Rossdale said, “I've never wanted to appear closed about it. It's not something I've talked about really because it's always been in the glare of a tabloid world. It's just one of those things: Move on. When you're 17, Jesus Christ. I don't think there's anything strange about any form of — you're learning about life. It's a part of growing up. That's it. No more, no less.”
8. Amber Heard
This Texas-born mode-actress first burst onto the scene in the comedies Pineapple Express and Zombieland, and went on to star with Johnny Depp, now her fiancé, in The Rum Diary.
But prior to her relationship with Depp, she was in a long-standing relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree. At the time, she said to Metro UK, “I don’t label myself one way or another — I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love, it’s the person that matters.”
9. Angelina Jolie
This internationally renowned actress, director, humanitarian, and mother of six was open about her affair with model-actress Jenny Shimizu on the set of Foxfire in the mid-1990s. “I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn't married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her,” Jolie said.
And in February 2000, when told that Jane magazine readers had nominated her as the Female Actor Who Makes Your Knees Weak, Jolie said, “They're right to think that about me, because I'm the person most likely to sleep with my female fans. I genuinely love other women. And I think they know that.”
During a 2003 interview with Barbara Walters she said, “If I fell in love with a woman tomorrow, would I feel that it's OK to want to kiss and touch her? Absolutely! Yes!”
She is currently half of the worldwide brand Brangelina; she married Brad Pitt in 2014.