Jim Parsons talks about his partner Todd: ‘We feel very average, we feel very normal’


Jim Parsons is gay. Is that shocking? Probably not. Jim doesn’t talk about his sexuality very much at all, but over the past few years, he has made the occasional reference to his long-term partner, Todd Spiewak. Todd and Jim have been together a while, and the tabloids have run a few stories about whether they’ll ever get married too (because the tabloids have started wedding-baiting gay couples regularly too). I think Todd sometimes comes to Jim’s big Hollywood events, but it’s rare that they actually pose together. On Friday though, Jim and Todd walked the red carpet in Beverly Hills for the GLESN Respect Awards, and Jim accepted the “Inspiration Award”.

Jim Parsons continues to show his pride for boyfriend of 10 years, Todd Spiewak. The Big Bang Theory actor opened up about his relationship with Spiewak while being honored at the GLESN Respect Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 18.

“It was surprising to hear that we were getting an inspiration award. We feel very average, we feel very normal,” the 40-year-old star told Us Weekly at the event. “We really do. The strange stuff is the Hollywood stuff we have to walk through, not the gay stuff we have to walk through.”

Parsons received the Inspiration Award by LGBT young advocacy group GLESN and was taken back by the whole idea of it. “It’s very moving. It’s very surprising and I think once we got over the shock of it, we were able to feel the honor of it,” he explained.

An eyewitness revealed to Us that the couple looked absolutely smitten as they both answered questions on the red carpet. “Jim and Todd are very cute together,” an onlooker told Us. “When Jim [was] talking, Todd [was] looking at him the entire time with a big proud grin on his face.”

Once on stage to accept the award, Parsons told the crowd that he doesn’t consider himself an activist. Instead, the true aspirations are like GLESN’s student ambassadors.

“I’ve never considered myself an activist. I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism,” he said of his relationship. “Rather simply, it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love.”

One month earlier, the CBS star thanked Spiewak at the 2013 Primetime Emmys while accepting the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. “[Thanks] to my favorite person on the planet, Todd Spiewak,” he said on stage, as his costars Kaley Cuoco and Mayim Bialik cried in the audience.

[From Us Weekly]

I really don’t think that’s false humility on Jim’s part – he truly isn’t much of an LGBT activist. But it’s nice that Jim feels comfortable enough these days with his place in Hollywood that he doesn’t feel the need to invent a girlfriend or something. In fact, I think this is less about Jim’s sexuality and more about him being incredibly private in total. Also: I’m still shocked that he’s 40 years old!


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Kiddo says:

    I think there’s a lot of crap they have had to walk through in Hollywood, but one advantage there is that being gay and in a long term relationship doesn’t have the same stigma that it has had in other parts of the country. Still, I’m happy that he feels “average”, content, and normalized in his relationship.

    It’s really nice to see couples stay together for that long, especially in Hollywood.

  2. jessiebes says:

    O he is adorable and they are adorable together.

  3. LadyMTL says:

    I think he “officially” came out this year, but yeah, it’s not news that he’s gay. I’m happy that he seems to be so comfortable in his own skin and they make a really cute couple.

    Also: he’s 40?? Really? Just…wow.

  4. Lori says:

    My parents are visitng…..Big Bang theory is all they watch. And its on all the frikkin time. This is day 5 of a 12 day visit. Bazinga!

  5. Mika says:

    Now I’m very convinced that Jim Parsons isn’t just gay…he’s a gay VAMPIRE. Damn! People would kill to be as youthful-looking as him.

  6. Becky says:

    Good for them. Sadly enough, just being a gay person living a normal life IS almost a form of activism, because it shows that people just want to live their lives in peace with a partner of their choosing, gay or straight.

    Also, they’re an adorable couple.

  7. Kim1 says:

    He looks 40 to me,how old does he look to you guys? Well Congrats to my “homeboy” he’s from Houston too :)

  8. Murphy says:

    No one believes he’s 40 because they put a TON of make up on him to play Sheldon. I didn’t realize it until I saw him on Letterman but he looks a lot different.

    Anyway I love Jim Parsons.

  9. Nan209 says:

    Jim just has a cutie personality. I watched a TLC program “who do you think you are” in which Jim’s family history was discovered. He just has a sweet disposition and very down to earth and a natural comedy.

  10. Sheila says:

    I like him even more after I saw him in “Who do you think You Are” program, he seemed like such a loving person, a good son, just overall nice. And Sheldon I can’t see with a dog, but the fact Jim is a dog owner and lover makes me LOVE him so much more!!

  11. Rachel says:

    I like that when he talks about receiving the award, he uses “we” instead of “I.” It seems from the article that he was the only one being honored, but his words make it very clear they are a unit, and the award was for both of them.

  12. Letsbecivil says:

    No one else besides Jim Parson could play Sheldon.

  13. BreeinSEA says:

    I read his Wikipedia page and fell in love. Dude is talented.

  14. taylor says:

    They look adorable together and I love Todd’s suit!

  15. Kath says:

    I love that gay people are getting hassled by the media (and probably their mothers) to get married! Heh heh.

    I especially love that in the space of a generation we’ve got from “he’s gay” (*high drama*) to “meh”.

    Gay marriage was seen as a precursor to armageddon by the anti-gay crowd, but once you know people in gay relationships it is exactly the same as Jim says, “coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]“. So people have finally realise that being gay is not such a big frickin’ deal. Yay.