Ronan Farrow ‘is not in the closet, he’s been with guys and girls, he’s open to both’


In the half-dozen times I’ve written about Ronan Farrow (Mia Farrow’s son with maybe Woody Allen OR Frank Sinatra), some of you have wondered aloud about his sexuality. I simply didn’t know, so I didn’t really have anything to confirm. Some people said that he’s openly dated men, but a few people said he likes ladies too. And as it turns out, Ronan sees his sexuality as sort of “anything goes” as well. I guess we’re calling it bisexual?

Ronan Farrow — Mia Farrow’s precocious 25-year-old son with either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra — can’t be categorized as to his sexual orientation.

Farrow, who will launch a show on MSNBC in January, has come under pressure from gays to come out of the closet.

But a friend of his told me, “He’s not in the closet. He’s been with guys, but he’s also been with girls. He’s open about both.”

One of his gal pals, who spoke to me on the condition of anonymity, met Ronan at a Washington, D.C., bar. He took her to the legendary dive Ben’s Chili Bowl. “It worked on me,” she laughed.

They were soon dating, and having sex, and continue to see each other. “He’s beautiful and smart and fun,” she said. “My family is crazy about him.”

Ronan graduated from Yale Law School at the age of 21, won a Rhodes scholarship and worked for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is writing a book about how the U.S. gives guns to bad guys around the world.

Farrow has been romantically linked to heiress Jemima Khan and fashion designer Tory Burch, and he was photographed with actress-singer Selena Gomez draped around his neck last December.

[From Page Six]

Page Six has been running a lot of stories about Ronan, and I’m sure there’s some kind of political angle here. Like, Page Six is part of the New York Post, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News, and Fox News is in a blood feud with MSNBC, who now employs Ronan Farrow. So even if I’m predisposed to sort of believe this story, it should be taken with a grain of salt because I think Page Six/the Murdoch machine are trying to paint Ronan as some strange creature who enjoys hedonistic pleasures with every single person he meets, and then Fox News can yell “MSNBC hired Frank Sinatra’s terrorist gay son!”

There is another angle on this too – the whole “glass closet/should the media ‘out’ someone if their sexuality is common knowledge” thing. Vice Magazine ran an editorial/column in which they slammed the NY Times and Vanity Fair for never once mentioning one word about Ronan’s sexuality when, in the words of this Vice columnist, “He’s also gay, according to friends of mine who have slept with him, but you wouldn’t know that from reading either Vanity Fair or the New York Times.” Also: it seems that Ronan was dating one of Pres. Obama’s (male) speechwriters. I wonder if they’re still together? Probably not.


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  1. DailyNightly says:

    His eyes are SO Frank Sinatras! He bears no resemblance to Woody Allen that I can see.

    • Dani2 says:

      I’m really seeing Frank in these photos, wow.

    • Emily C. says:

      Something about the way he holds himself is also very Frank Sinatra, and so is his build. But, unlike Frank could be, Ronan seems to be a completely awesome person.

      • VioletCrumble says:

        Ronan’s a dead-ringer for his mum.

        Who cares about his sexuality? I can’t believe it’s almost 2014 and we’re still having this conversation. The machinations of bitter, ancient, nasty old conservative bastards like Rupert Murdoch are fueling this.

        Ronan has a stunning, mind-boggling intellect, a wickedly wonderful sense of humour, great humanity, is driven, highly productive, has a brilliant future ahead and possesses tons of charisma. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also drop-dead gorgeous.


  2. erna says:

    I would…..Those lips and the good ol’ blue eyes totally do it for me.

    • Spooks says:

      Am I the only one who thinks he looks incredibly creepy?
      And why isn’t his surname Allen?

      • erna says:

        He has this crazy-obsessed-serial killer look on his eyes which looks sexy to me,probably I have issues lol.
        He is estranged from his dad.

      • Spooks says:

        I know he’s estranged, but did he change his name or was it always Farrow?

      • Emily C. says:

        Why does it matter? My husband’s last name is, and always has been, his mother’s. It makes a lot more sense than the patriarchal naming nonsense we’ve got going now.

      • Chicagogogurl says:

        Mia raised him solely and gave him her last name I believe so that it would be the same as her other children. His first name Ronan; however, is chosen. He was born Satchel named after a baseball player I believe.

      • Ok says:

        Trying to reply to Chicagogirl indirectly:
        If I remember, Ronan was originally named Seamus. He changed his name when Mua dumped Woody during the Soon-Yi fiasco.
        His sister was originally named Dylan, and changed her name to Eliza……then changed it to something else… I just cannot remember what.

        I know that there are lots of comments of how Ronan looks like Frank Sinatra. I look at him and is see the features and coloring of Mia Farrow. He looks like his mom to me.

        I think the whole “Frank” rumor is just to have something in the press with the side benefit of messing with Woody (not that Wody would give a crap about his son. )

      • bananapanda says:

        Woody Allen was accused of child abuse (Dylan) and is now married to one of Mia’s adoptees (Soon-Yi) – all of the kids are estranged from Woody. Their last names are Previn or Farrow, not Allen.

        It was a HUGE messy trial and years of legal wrangling still affecting the kids.

  3. Frida_K says:

    Brilliant men are the best in the hay. I’m sure he’s such an erotic pleasure that his partners–of either sex–enjoy him immensely.

    Isn’t that what it should be all about?

  4. klue says:

    Isn’t everyone bisexual to some degree though?

    • Misery Fox says:

      I always wonder why people think this. I guess it depends on how you define bisexuality?

      I mean, I have never in my 32 years felt physically attracted to or fallen in love with a women. I don’t know what will happen in the future of course, but so far, women do absolutely nothing for me. I therefore think of myself as heterosexual. And what about asexual people? Are you not what you feel yourself to be?

      I personally don’t care what anyone classifies themselves as btw.

      • Jess says:

        According to Alfred Kinsey… Sexuality is more of a spectrum… So some people could be a little bisexual or a lot. But there’s also people that are fully on one end of the scale. There’s also a place for asexuality.

        Side note: I don’t think it matters who he’s doing what with as long as everyone is consenting. It’s not really my business and I wouldn’t want to be judged for my …uh… Interests.

      • jwoolman says:

        My guess is that it’s basically biochemistry that determines which sex people are attracted to. That covers a huge amount of ground depending on the way things develop in the womb (including a lot of interesting common mutations or different combinations of our chromosomes). It’s not surprising that some people can be attracted to both sexes, that is certainly not even an impediment to propagation of the species and so may be much more common than presently thought. But it also makes sense that a small percent seem to be attracted to the same sex, particularly among men. I’ve known several women who married men and had children with them, but eventually realized they were lesbian. Don’t know if that means at least mild bisexuality or just that women are often more complex within relationships in general (and that they also don’t have as difficult a role to play, basically, due to biology).

        I lived with a lesbian cat once- swooning over a spayed female but ignoring the local Tom. She had been a mother, though, so she found at least one Tom Cat attractive once. The vet said it was pretty common (also male-male hookups). If cats do it (also other mammals), hard to believe it wouldn’t be a natural variation for humans also.

    • WendyNerd says:

      Eh, not necessarily. I’m a firm believer in the Kinsey scale— all of it. I believe somebody can be totally straight or totally gay with no real deviation. I believe MOST people have some degree of bisexuality, but there can be people who don’t. And then there is the group of people that hardly ever get brought up are asexuals, who aren’t attracted to anyone.

    • Emily C. says:

      No. I enjoy Aishwarya Rai aesthetically and think she’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, I could look at her all day, but if I think about even just kissing her myself, ick.

  5. PunkyMomma says:

    If he has a taste for everything, more power to him. And I do think he is totally Frank Sinatra’s son.

  6. T.fanty says:

    Good for him. That said, he doesn’t advertise or build his career on his private life, so I’m not entirely convinced that this is any of my business.

    • Andrew1 says:

      Agreed. I don’t like it when media tries to pigeonhole somebody into a sexuality when somebody is discovered to like both sexes or the same sex. He obviously felt no need to make it a big hoopla but now the media is going to talk about it nonstop. Plus there are tons of people who swing both ways but aren’t necessarily bi or gay, they just have human desires.

    • Jacqueline says:


    • blue marie says:

      Agreed. I spent longer trying to figure out what it’s doing in the paper than reading the actual blurb, definitely none of my business.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Totally agree. The idea that he is somehow obligated to discuss his sexual orientation is absurd.

      He’s an interesting, articulate guy-there’s plenty to talk about without him having to declare his sexual allegiance in every interview.

  7. drea says:

    This makes him more attractive to me. For a while there, I thought he might be asexual.

  8. MrsBPitt says:

    So, these stories are form a “source”. I don’t care what his sexual preference is, but I’m not going to believe anything until I hear it from the horse’s mouth! And, personally, I think it’s wrong for media outlets to “out” someone, even if they aren’t hiding the fact. A persons sexual preference in nobody’s business, unless that person want’s to comment on it!

  9. KC says:

    Vice really is a true cess pool of crass writing. I straight up cringe when I see a link to that crap hell of a site. Dear Vice Editor, nobody gives a shoot if Ronan slept with 30 of your buddies. Its not our business or yours, now shut your loose lips.

  10. paranormalgirl says:

    His sexuality is his business. He doesn’t have to be a mouthpiece for any sexuality. Some people are just who they are and that’s all they want to be. I have friends who are gay and are activists, and I have friends who are gay and are not. Magazine articles are not required to explore someone’s sexuality.

  11. QQ says:

    *swoon* Buddy isn’t just happy to be the smart hottie, now he is also extra openminded *sigh* Would that I Could

  12. lady mary. says:

    don’t care whom he shags in the bed .he has achieved a lot in such a short time ,its his work that must be conccentrated on ,but i bet ny post or any of those mags would care or report on real stuff goin on this world that ronan tends to focus on ,i suggest whydont they go back to watchin Kimmode klan,or porn iguana ,there is more fluff there than u could ever find on him

  13. Lucy says:

    No way does that kid have any of Woody Allen’s DNA. I recently started following him on twitter and Instagram. He is so funny and sexy…love him!!

  14. dodo says:

    Great so he’s funny, intelligent, frank sinatra’s son AND open minded?!!

  15. serena says:

    So what if he’s gay, straight or bi? He’s hot and smart, what could be better?

  16. Talie says:

    I guess I’m not politically correct here, but I don’t necessarily buy into bisexuality for men.

    • Kim1 says:

      Well many people don’t buy into this thing called homosexuality for men or women.I let people define themselves when it comes to sexuality, gender, race, etc.So call me politically correct , I guess.BTW my boyfriend is bisexual.

    • marina says:

      I used to think bisexuality was just a stop on the way to gaytown, but I’m not so sure anymore. I have male friends who are attracted to both men and women but more so to men. I guess it’s more complicated than being attracted to one or the other and there is a spectrum. Like Piper on Orange is the New Black.

      • Jules says:

        Well said. I agree that I think most people who are bisexual tend to lean more towards gay. But perhaps it’s like turning a dial between light and dark, there are many shades in between, and some are lighter/darker than others.

    • loveisthecoal says:

      Since you said you don’t buy into it for men, does that mean you do but into it for women? Why one and not the other? I’m not trying to be a jerk; I’m genuinely curious.

    • Seán says:

      @Talie, your views are sadly quite common! One of my best friends (male) is a bisexual and he has to deal with this kind of biphobia all the time. Basically, my friend came out as bisexual when he was 16 years old. It was quite a shock to all of us as he’s very masculine and was something of a ladies man. Immediately some of our friends turned on him, saying that his bisexuality was just a road stop to homosexuality and he should just come out as gay right away and stop denying himself. Anyway, my friend ignored these taunts even though I could see that they were hurtful and he might have been battling with confusion and his identity himself. After this announcement, at parties, he would pull both girls and boys…it would really depend on what mood he was in that night although in the majority of cases it was girls over boys.

      I was chatting to him recently and he said that his overall preference was probably women but he wasn’t going to limit himself as he enjoyed having sex with both, claiming that the variety of it was exciting. He’s had a couple of serious girlfriends and one boyfriend that lasted several months. When he was dating the boyfriend, he became involved in the gay scene. His ex-boyfriend’s friends also ridiculed him and told him to come out of the closet. Like his straight friends, some of them just made sly jokes about it but some of them were really hostile about it and verbally attacked him for referring to himself as bisexual.

      He’s now 23 years old and has a girlfriend who is pretty open-minded and he can be himself around. But he says he regularly feels shunned within both the straight and gay community. Oftentimes, girls have dumped him or wanted nothing to do with him once they find out he’s dabbled with the same sex and boys have told him to sort himself out headwise. He says its got to the point where he’s had to hide aspects of himself when in relationships. Look, I don’t know what my friend feels deep inside really but from what I can see, he’s always appeared quite secure in who he is sexuality wise. He seems to enjoy both females and males and I don’t understand why people make such a big deal about it.

      He also says that people consider him to be a “cheat” and a “slut” just because of bisexuality. Girls are worried that he might be tempted…to use Celebitchy lingo…”to go after the dong” when he’s with them. I asked him about that myself and he says its not like that. It’s not about needing one sexual organ one minute and another the next. When he’s in a relationship, he’s committed to that person..and that person only. He says it’s no different than me being in a relationship with my girlfriend and fleetingly checking out the female barista who serves me coffee every morning. Except for him, it could be a male or female baritsa. He says that he’s not a complete nymphomaniac as bisexuality is frequently perceived. I have to admit when single he is actually a complete nymphomaniac but I’ve never seen or heard of him cheat on either girlfriends or boyfriends.

      I make this long point to simply say: who are you…or anyone else…to make a call about what sexualities exist or who people should and shouldn’t be attracted to? I really don’t understand how my friends and acquaintances can be so judgemental and form opinions about our friend’s sexuality just because we have this preconceived boxed off notion of straight and gay. Sexuality is complex. In my relatively short 22 years, I’ve never had any homosexual feelings but with women alone, I know there are things that get me off that surprise me or there are aspects of women that many of my other friends like that I don’t like. Basically, everyone has their own unique personality and I believe everyone has their own unique sexuality too. Stop labelling people and let them label themselves whatever way they want. As long as they’re not hurting themselves or anyone else, let them screw who they like and eventually they will figure out who they are. Bisexuality exists! Look at all the gay men and women who have fathered/mothered children or all the straight people who have fallen for someone of the same sex. It happens and it shows that while many of us will probably stay pretty fixed on the spectrum, for others its not so simple. Good on them too! If it’s your thing, variety is the spice of life!

      • Wrachul says:


        I don’t know if you’ll see this comment but felt I had to respond. Thank you for sharing that. It was very thoughtful and makes complete sense. I have a close friend that came out as bisexual at around the same age.. This was almost 20 years ago and in our small redneck riveria, bible-thumping town it was quite a shock at the time. Very few people were “out” publicly at that time. She lost a lot of friends who didn’t understand or couldn’t deal. A few of her oldest female friends disappeared because they thought that automatically meant she was checking them out, or would make a move on them. I got over the surprise pretty quickly once I realized that she was the same person id always known on the inside. She dated both men and women but has now been in a committed relationship with a woman for about 10 years now. Still is attracted to men equally, but she found a lifelong partner that means the world to her.
        Over the last 10 years I’ve been surprised by the number of people I went to high school with that have come out as gay or bisexual. It actually saddens me because in my small backwards town they would have faced being an outcast, been bullied. Some literally moved across the country to feel like they could be free with who they are.
        Basically I just wanted to commend you for being such a good friend when so many others aren’t. :-)

  17. marina says:

    I can totally see Rupert Murdoch being behind trying “out” him or play the whole weird sex guy thing because Ronan is basically perfect and it’s a coup for MSNBC. And Ronan won’t comment because he’ll be happy to let gay men think he’s gay or bi because it’s just another demographic he’ll pick up. Rupert still doesn’t get it. The small minded hateful segment of our population is getting smaller (hopefully, anyway). I even have my Irish Catholic father opening up his mind on the subject.

    • drea says:

      Yup, I can almost see it now. They’re going to peg him as the ambiguous “bi guy” and every time he puts out an opinion that doesn’t take one side or another, some asshole on Fox is going to say something like, “See, he really can’t make up his mind about which side he’s on!” Whatever. Ronan’s worked at the White House, he’s ready for the dirty tactics.

    • RobN says:

      The fact that he’s bi would actually help him with the MSNBC demographic that he’s been hired to bring in. They’re not trying to bring in the kind of viewer who would adversely judge him based on his sexuality, it’s just the opposite, they’re trying to get the very liberal, anything goes if it makes you happy demographic. You may not agree with the folks at Fox, but they’re way too smart to make him an even more attractive alternative.

  18. Insomnicole says:

    Man, he takes his dates to Ben’s Chili Bowl? He really is awesome. Yum!

  19. Nan says:

    I’m in the ” I don’t care” camp when it comes to persons sexuality. It’s like observing hair color, height, or wether they breath air…it’s inconsequential. Now, are they funny, and smart, or arrogant and shallow…that is what is interesting. Ronan is handsome, smart, funny and probably a great conversationalist but his sexuality is his own, not mine. I understand how celebs “coming out” is helpful to a the movement but to some people they:
    1. They were never in the closet’ but
    2. Don’t like labels
    3. Like a private life.

    Not everyone wants to be a warrior.

    At some point, hopefully, in the very near future knowing some ones sexual preference will be between sexual partners and not something that has be worn like crown. That will of little note to anyone but the ones that matter.

  20. bettyrose says:

    I hope it’s true. He’s beautiful and should share that beauty with many lucky people.

  21. Ginger says:

    If he is then GOOD FOR YOU Ronan! But I don’t see what his sexuality has to do with anything other than to the folks that he may be dating. As for the girls hanging around his neck, etc. Who wouldn’t be really? He is gorgeous in every sense of the word and quite intriguing.

  22. joan says:

    When a woman says she’s bi I just believe her, but when a man does, I get the feeling he might prefer men if it has to be a choice. That said, he does seem like a very sophisticated, complex guy who could actually be bi.

    That’s just based on my own experience with people.

  23. Meggie says:

    Wow, he’s so pretty. Like knee jerk reaction, break neck pretty. I lean towards Frank Sinatra being his father, just for those eyes alone.

    I have a thing for Ol’ Blue Eyes.

  24. Deryn says:

    Kind of agenda-y and stretchy to make the Post story into “evil Fox News wants to ruin new MSNBC star”, Kai. PS, know why libertarians are cool? We can be for less government, fiscal responsibility, and Ronin Farrow being überhot no matter his sexuality all at the same time. Woot!

    • bettyrose says:

      Libertarians are cool because they don’t want to regulate my uterus. But they also don’t support government funding for the health of my uterus, or for public schools and mass transit. As a socialist in love with a libertarian, I’m prepared to live in that kind of world, but privatized education and transit better play out better than privatized healthcare has. Also, let’s be clear that a true libertarian demands separation of church & state. No exceptions.

  25. moon says:

    I think it’s his business, just because someone is gay doesn’t mean they are obliged to become role models etc. Yes it would be nice, but they’re not obliged. This is his private life, no one should be telling him what to do imo.

  26. Mary says:

    this guy is going to do well on tv. He is so photogenic.

  27. Apple says:

    The speechwriter is Jon Lovett (no relation to the comic) he wrote that terrible White House sitcom on NBC last year 1600 Penn. I honestly don’t know if Jon is straight or gay or not. But Jon and Ronan tweet to each other a lot.

  28. MC says:

    I couldn’t date a bisexual because you’d have to worry about them cheating on you with twice as many people.

    With bisexual people, I feel like you never know where you stand with them- are they cheating on you, are they not?

    Plus as a girl, I couldn’t date a bisexual guy just because I can’t fathom why a guy that is into both male and females would choose females, when that means putting up periods every month, hormones, possibly pregnancy and childbirth, and eventually, menopause. I mean……….would you, if you had the choice???? Honestly?

    • bettyrose says:

      Um… I’m mostly into guys but I think straight men and lesbians are lucky. Women are soft, we smell nice, breasts are sort of cool, we tend to be considerate in bed and we often earn our own money while still cooking and cleaning at home. Periods seem like a small trade off, all things considered.

    • jwoolman says:

      MC- bisexual is not a synonym for promiscuous. You really don’t have to worry about a bisexual mate cheating on you any more than a heterosexual mate. A friend’s wife is bisexual but quite monogamous.

  29. homegrrrral says:

    How is bisexuality not dysfunction? Sounds like the sexualized behavior of a spoiled celeb or druggy. Help me out here…he does seem brilliant, but somethings not clicking.

  30. jwoolman says:

    At 25 – shouldn’t the “precocious” label be retired?