‘Top Gun’ star Kelly McGillis comes out as a lesbian


Today Fark had this great headline that’s going to get them on the Church of Scientology’s hit list (assuming they don’t already have a spot): “One of the stars of ‘Top Gun’ comes out of the closet. Shockingly, not Tom Cruise.” I’ve been chuckling over that all day. Even though it wasn’t the “Top Gun” star we all expected, the other one did come out of the closet. Kelly McGillis told “Girl Rock!” – an internet show – that she’s single and looking – for a woman.

Tom Cruise’s girlfriend in the 1980s hit “Top Gun” confirmed in an interview the longstanding rumor that she’s gay.

Kelly McGillis told the Internet show Girl Rock! that she was single, and in the market for a female partner.

“Definitely a woman,” she said when asked if she’s looking for a man or a woman. “I’m done with the man thing. You need to move on in life.”

McGillis, 51, has been married and divorced twice, and has two daughters with her second husband, Fred Tillman.

The actress said coming out as a lesbian was “an ongoing process from the time I was probably 12.”

She added that “I had a lot of things happen that convinced me that God was punishing me because I was gay.” McGillis was attacked and raped in her apartment in 1982 when she was a young actress working in New York.

[From Fox News]

I didn’t realize there was a “longstanding” rumor about McGillis’ sexual orientation. This is the part where I’d like to make a joke about how if anything could turn you gay, it’d be Tom Cruise. But I won’t make that joke because I believe in the nature over nature argument. But if I didn’t, I’d be all over that joke. Just wanted to make that clear.

Good for Kelly for being out and proud about who she is. It sounds like she’s had a long and tough journey, so it must be nice to finally get to a place where she can just be comfortable with herself. Hopefully she’ll find a nice lady to settle down with.


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  1. caitlinsmommmy says:

    Good for her. Considering what she’s been through, at least what we the public do know about, it must have been difficult for her. I hope she finds happiness… with whomever she wishes.

  2. mE says:

    “Nature over nature”? Are you referring to “nature over nurture”?

    Good for her. I really do mean that. Although I think her comment “I’m done with the man thing. You gotta move on in life.” is a little dismissive of a portion of the gay community. Doesn’t that statement suggest it is just a phase? Maybe it was just said off the cuff half jokingly, who knows?

  3. Bolognese says:

    It’s your turn now, Tom. Come on. Dish it out and leave poor Katie off the hook

  4. Wow says:

    I didn’t know this was “news”. I thought everyone and their grandmother knew she was a lesbian. Didn’t she use to date Jodi Foster as well?

    Good for her for being herself. The only thing shocking for me in this interview was that she was raped. I never knew that. I wonder if that is why she played her role in The Accused so well? She was awesome in that as was Jodi Foster.

    On a shallow note: She hasn’t aged very well. Its almost hard to believe this is the same woman from her 80’s/90’s fame.

  5. McKenna says:

    Maybe she can give Tom some advice on coming out.

  6. barneslr says:

    She’s had a rough time of it. I hope she finds happiness.

  7. anon says:

    I remember hearing this rumor just about the time that Top Gun came out.

    so, uh…yeah, no surprise here.

  8. Devries says:

    “Good for Kelly for being out and proud about BLAH BLAH BLAH”

    _Whatever._ She’ll turn back in a year, I guarantee.

  9. ash says:

    oh no watch out, I’m sure there will be an article with concerns from Miss Cali.

  10. Codzilla says:

    ash: LOL!

  11. Wif says:

    Has Tom had work done since? I mean, I know 20 years changes anyone, but he’s really very, very different now.

  12. Wif says:

    Wow, I went looking to see if I could find a picture of her currently and found this really funny article about the Curse of Top Gun. Enjoy everyone.

  13. NJMDPS says:

    GEEZ…….I am considerably “older”. This is no news. Pretty woman. Hope she finds happiness. Let it go already.

  14. Mairead says:

    I’d never heard the rumour she was lesbian at all (although I’d read a graphic account of her assault when The Accused came out unfortunately)

    I think she’s aged appropriately for a women who is in her 50s, lives in the sun in California and has yoyoed in her weight. She is still quite striking but more importantly she still gives good interview.

  15. truth-SF says:

    Wif, That article was funny as hell. And I totally agree with what was said about tommy girl. Only, he’s not satan, more like “The Son Of Xenu”.

  16. CB Rawks says:

    If she hadn’t been gay at the time, that movie would have turned her gay anyway. 😉
    It’s absolutely hilarious to watch now, and I remember all my teenage friends at the time thinking it was so tuff and macho. I keep expecting Maverick and Iceman to go at it.

  17. eternalcanadian says:

    good on kelly. best of wishes as she moves forward. it sounds like she had a very difficult time coming to terms with her sexuality in a very homophobic society, which would explain why she probably forced herself to do the “man thing” especially when she talks about God punishing her because she was gay, namely her sexual assault.

  18. Ned says:

    Good for her.

  19. sarcra says:

    I read some of the Tom Cruise bio by Andrew Morton (The controversial one) and Morton talked about Kelly McGillis’s relationships with women during the filming of Top Gun.

    There is a picture of her on People.com with their story about this, and she looks SO different.

  20. Tia says:

    Good for her. If she has been gay since she was 12, times are so much more different now, and now she is able to come out and be herself. I can’t even believe this is really news..

    She is beautiful… it is about time she was true to herself, and no reason not to be.. this isn’t the ignaramous dark ages..

  21. Krusticle says:

    I agree with WOW: this is news? I thought Kelly came out back in the late 80s when she and Jody Foster were having a fling while filming “The Accused.”

  22. Codzilla says:

    Krusticle: LOVE your name.

  23. Alli says:

    I believe loads of stars in Hollywood are in the closet. They just don’t have the guts to come out about it like McGillis. Well at least she has guts.

  24. Krusticle says:

    Codzilla, yours is pretty good, too!

  25. Erin Andrews says:

    I was pleased to read this article, keep up the good work.

  26. mememe says:

    An actor friend who has done a few plays with her describes her as a miserable, miserable person who is a spiraling alcoholic. Sad to hear that.