Enquirer: Is Jeremy Renner gay?

Photo by: RE/Westcom/starmaxinc.com 2010 3/7/10 Jeremy Renner at the 82nd Academy Awards

Quite honestly, I’ve been waiting for the “Jeremy Renner is totally gay” rumors to start as soon as I saw him singing and playing the Piano on The View. That sentence might be one of the gayest sentences ever written, right? Anyhoodle, I had a moment where I was like “Is he?” but then I realized that the gay rumors could be the best thing that ever happened to Renner. Because once the gay rumors start, you’ve arrived. You’re a Hollywood star. The gay rumors might be more important to Renner’s career than his Oscar nomination.

So, this week’s Enquirer has a story that’s basically like, “Let’s gather up every cryptic thing Jeremy and his known associates have ever said, and see what it all means?” Oh, I just found one the Enquirer missed! When he denied getting Jessica Simpson’s digits, Jeremy told Us Weekly, “I’m not a ladies man! I’m a working man! That’s all.” So he’s not “ladies’ man” huh? To the Enquirer!

Jeremy Renner is Hollywood’s hottest new leading man – but the Oscar-nominated actor is embroiled in a gay mystery!

“I have never had the pleasure of meeting Jeremy’s boyfriend, but the fact that Jeremy is gay has never been a primary concern,” Melanee Wyatt, an early acting coach of Jeremy’s, recently told a reporter.

But is he or isn’t he? Jeremy isn’t saying. In fact, when it comes to his sexuality, he appears to be taking a cue from the military – don’t ask, don’t tell!

And while he remains mum on the subject, he seems to enjoy giving mixed signals.

His close pals say that in real life, Renner is a sensitive mama’s boy who prefers makeup to guns and is dying to star in a musical! As a song-and-dance man, with an affinity for show tunes, Jeremy has said that if things don’t work out him as an actor, he’ll become a makeup artist because he has a passion for that field.

One of the main criteria for casting him as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (in 2002’s Dahmer) was that he was an actor comfortable filming homoerotic scenes. A pal says: “Jeremy told the producers specifically that he had no problem acting gay.”

Add to that Colin Farrell’s ribbing during the Oscar ceremony about “that trip to Mexico”.

On the other hand, he’s been seen out lately with one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, Charlize Theron.

“Jeremy is a contradiction,” a longtime confidant told the Enquirer. “Most aspiring actors want tough-guy roles, but Jeremy has always looked for the more emotionally complex parts. It’s ironic that he’s shooting to fame playing a macho John Wayne type.”

Just because he took his mom to the Oscars, doesn’t mean he couldn’t get a date – he flirted with Jessica Simpson, and pals say his chemistry with gorgeous Charlize is “electric”. Yet speculation about his sexuality persists – and Jeremy remains tight-lipped.

“He doesn’t worry about people whispering and wondering about his private life,” says a friend.

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, March 22, 2010]

Honestly, I don’t really buy that someone’s gay unless they beep on my radar. But I’ll admit that there are dudes who beep for a moment or a year or so, and then they stop or I change my mind, or all of a sudden I’m just like “No, he’s just a straight dude who likes musical theatre.” Hugh Jackman. So, does Jeremy beep for me? He’s beeped twice for me – when he was singing at the piano on The View, and when he was being interviewed by Ben Affleck for Oprah’s pre-Oscar special. When I first watched it, it seemed so awkward, like they were flirting with each other. Ben beeped for me too in this clip, quite honestly:

I mean, they’re flirting with each other, right?

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  1. Oi says:

    Anyone but me really sick of all the gay rumors/speculation/fan fiction/media outing? Its really boring now and if I had to bet 90% fake. let the gay be gay and let the straight be straight.

  2. nikki says:

    Hugh Jackman is gay for me(he lives with his family and John Palermo,his business associate) but i don’t care because he’s credible in straight guy (except in “australia” he’s very “pin-up”)!
    Jeremy Renner is credible in straight guy so i don’t care if he may be gay or not!

    and be gay is not a trouble for an actor! be a bad actor is a trouble!

  3. lastwordlinda says:

    @Oi – I saw this and immediately thought the same thing. Who cares? If an actor needs to hide being gay because fans won’t be able to fantasize about him anymore, then it’s the fans that need to get their heads on straight. When you fantasize about him, just pretend he’s straight as well. That’s why they call it fantasizing. You can make him anything you like. Personally, I see him in a French maid’s outfit cleaning my house.

  4. Snarf says:

    I don’t buy that someone’s gay unless they either confirm it or I’ve slept with them. Speaking of which…

    Jeremy, if your reading this, contact me.

  5. meme says:

    Back off Snarf or I’ll cut ya. Jeremy is MY imaginary boyfriend whether he’s gay or not. AND HE’S NOT GAY. not that there’s anything wrong with being gay but I NEED MY FANTASY INTACT. *head begins to spin

  6. embertine says:


    He’s a sweetie and he’s talented.

    On the other hand, it would be awesome for an openly gay actor to get an Oscar nom for playing a military-based straight role.

  7. Mentok says:

    I don’t know if Renner’s gay (and I really don’t care since he’s not sharing my bedspace) but if Hugh Jackman’s straight, I’m a fish.

  8. mslewis says:

    Hey, Jeremy, welcome to Hollywood!! Oh, you say you’ve been here awhile? True that, but nobody knew or cared about you before the Oscar nomination. Now, you’re famous and the National Enquirer is doing gay stories about you. You’ve really made it now, pal. Enjoy!!

  9. Just a Poster says:

    Oh no! Meme will not take this story well :/

  10. isabelle says:

    Well, he certainly looks it.

  11. meme says:

    Excuse me but if he’s going to be in a French maid outfit cleaning anyone’s house, it’s going to be mine. And if he wants to see show tunes and play with my makeup that’s fine too. HOT IS HOT and Jeremy is HOT.

  12. canadianchick says:

    Lol, I though he rocked in Hurt Locker, and if those military actors had fun in their trailers, all the power to them. I don’t like the jazz dot though, doesn’t match his eyeliner.

  13. AlaskaJoey says:

    Well, I’m starting a rumor that the Enquirer is gay. So there.

    If he is – don’t care. Still hot. But I don’t think he is.

  14. Maritza says:

    Well if he is, I don’t blame him for not admitting it. If he were to admit it most likely he would be stereotyped and only receive gay role offers,besides, it’s nobody else’s business what he does in privacy.

  15. Hep says:

    If an actor says he’s gay, everyone believes it.

    If an actor says he ISN’T gay, no one believes it.

    What’s a guy to do?

  16. Oi says:

    Exactly MsLewis and Hep! That’s why Ted Casablancas has a job!

    @lastwordlinda: I wasn’t really thinking about that, but that’s true too. I was thinking (maybe a little selfishly) that the gossip itself boring as hell. Its like Lindsey Lohan gossip.
    Maybe there should be some kind of gossip rule about this.

  17. ien says:

    he’s a talented actor and if he’s believable playing a straight character than why does his sexuality even matter???

    seriously, it’s hollywood, its theatre, music, drama and performance. hollywood is just a big high school drama club….which are predominantly gay.

  18. TG says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who assumed Hugh Jackman was gay. And I don’t care either, expect for Tom Cruise. Would love to know the story behind those rumors. And that is only because I think he is a pompous ass.

  19. DoMaJoReMc says:

    To all the posters out there that say, “WHO CARES?!” Count me in.

    It is none of our freakin’ business, anyway. Geeeeez, let the guy be.

  20. Catherine says:

    I love Renner and the cast of The Hurt Locker. Oscar deserved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    p.s. he looks awesome in the pic….sigh….

  21. Ron says:

    Allright, gay in hollywood here. You have offically arrived when this rumor starts. I have not once heard any rumor or have seen him out and about in gay life. I call bullshit. Believe me if he was, someone I know would know and would have spilled the damn beans. And this Melanee Wyatt, if she was his acting teacher it was back when he was in community college in Modesto, and everyone knows that people from early in your eduction will always attach themseleves to the coattails of fame. I also call bullshit on the quote “Jeremey said if things don;t work out and an actor he’ll be a make-up artist” Yeah right, things seems to be working out when you are Oscar nominated, if he did say that it was 10 years ago. Please.

  22. Feebee says:

    Headlines like that remind you that the Nat Enquirer is just junk which is kind of shame. How do I put this?… they did such “good work” with the John Edwards expose that has made people sit up and take notice but then they undo any ‘goodwill’ (not the right term) but crap headlines again.

    Apart from the interview being too hard to listen too, the only thing I noticed was that in the Affleck/Damon Oscar clip, Ben doesn’t look much different in that he didn’t look that young way back then. Matt Damon looks like a school kid in comparison and my, hasn’t he aged well.

  23. Sincerity says:

    Jeremy Renner’s acting chops are the bomb! What he does with his personal time and who he spends it with are his business. His sexuality really is not important and he’s entitled to keep his business “on the down low”. Lately, too many people have just “run amok” in discussing matters that should remain private.

  24. Alexis says:

    I don’t know, but he physically looks like a 30-40 something woman who has undergone a sex change. He so does.

  25. anneesezz says:

    really don’t care if he is or isn’t

  26. Emily says:

    Why is it that all these sexuality based rumours are all about people possibly being gay. Maybe he’s bi? Or asexual?

    I actually see Tom Cruise as being more asexual than gay, to be honest. But maybe that’s because he has no sex appeal for me and the thought of having sex with him is up there with having sex with a blow up doll. Who’s trying to brainwash you.

  27. Ann says:

    gays are more sexy and masculine. :P

  28. Jessica says:

    Snarf: LOL…I feel the exact same way as you do, I would rather find out for myself too.

  29. Isla says:

    Jeremy Renner is a sexy bastard but definitely gay. He brought his mom to the oscars, writes songs, used to do make up, did a very convincing performance of Jeffery Dahmer and is just too nice to be straight.

  30. JJ says:

    Ben Afflick admitted he has bisexual attractions. See the book The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe – they quoted him in an interview for the book.

  31. Tyler says:

    Who knows and who cares if he’s gay unless you want to date him. That’s the only reason anyone should be concerned with that question. It’s like he’s going to drop everything and date every single internet user out there because he goes ‘there’ way.

  32. Rain Ann Skye says:

    Dear Ron:
    Please keep your mean comments to yourself.I go to Modesto Jr College, and everyone who has worked with him had nothing but good things to say about him.He did indeed have lead role, he sung and actually played the scarecrow in MJC’s production of The Wizard of Oz. And he did start off early in his life as a makeup artist, so he could get his foot in the door as an actor.So please dont Criticize people for following their dreams.He is a great inspiration to everyone to follow what you love and you will succeed.

  33. jess says:

    hes not gay hes talented people should go get lives seriously nothing better to do than make up stupid rumours.

  34. andrea says:

    Jeremy and the guys from the Hurt Locker aren’t flirting they were in Iraq with each outhe for over a year and a half so they are gunna be really close with each other cuz of how much they went through making that movie.

  35. Dustin says:

    I have a guy friend in la who has slept with him twice!! Apparently!! It’s on Facebook!! Lmao

  36. Jamie says:

    @Isla, so writing songs makes you gay now?

  37. Anonymous says:

    i think ur guy.jeremy ur hot……….

  38. Anonymous says:

    jr is not guy.call me 781296 /1654

  39. Anonymous says:

    So what if he’s gay? That’s HIS buisiness and his ONLY!!! Anywhoo, he’s a sweetheart either way! Love u Jeremy!