Richard Madden on Brandon Flynn: ‘I’ve never talked about my relationships’

The UK Premiere of 'Rocketman' held at the Odeon Luxe

For months now, Richard Madden has been getting pap’d in LA and New York. He’s a good looking guy, he’s famous because of Game of Thrones and Bodyguard, and he won a Golden Globe this year. All of those are good reasons for “why Richard gets pap’d a lot.” But another reason is that for months now, Madden has been seen around with a young guy named Brandon Flynn. Flynn is best known to the casual gossiper as “Sam Smith’s ex-boyfriend.” Brandon and Richard have seemed inseparable for months, and there were even photos of Richard with his arm around Brandon, and his hand holding on to the back of Brandon’s neck. It was hot. Considering that Madden has had a few actress girlfriends before now, people were abuzz with the idea that Richard could be bisexual and “pulling a Kristen Stewart,” which is basically just announcing your sexuality by not hiding your relationships from the paps.

Anyway, Madden was interviewed by the New York Times to promote Rocketman, where he plays John Reid, Elton John’s first manager and lover. In the NYT piece, this happened:

Tabloid interest in his personal life has increased, too: Madden, who was in a relationship with the actress Jenna Coleman until last year, has recently been photographed several times with the actor Brandon Flynn, who used to date the singer Sam Smith. Are the two men an item?

Madden shrugged, unbothered by the question but in no hurry to answer it, either. “I just keep my personal life personal,” he said. “I’ve never talked about my relationships.” He’s working on a way to deter paparazzi interest in who he’s seen with: “I wear the same clothes days in a row, because if it looks like the same day, they can’t run the pictures,” he said. “There’s only so many photos you can have of me with a green juice walking down the street.”

He knows, though, that some actors court that kind of attention. “I’ll be at hotels and restaurants where they’ll tell you, ‘There’s paparazzi in the front, do you want to go out the front or go out the back?’” Madden said. “And you go, ‘Who wants to out the front?’ And they say, ‘Oh, quite a lot of people!’”

[From The NY Times]

“I’ve never talked about my relationships.” A-HA! So he admits he’s in a relationship with Brandon Flynn? Seriously, I have no idea. There’s speculation that the LGBTQ community wants to claim Richard but I think there are some people who worry that Madden is merely “baiting” people to help sell his movie. I don’t know… I’ve seen a lot of those pap stroll photos of Madden and Flynn, and I think they’re happening.

Rocketman UK Premiere

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  1. BaronSamedi says:

    They actually live together too. I mean it could all be a “friends” situation since they have apparently known each other forever. Then again, why would Richard play coy about this to this extent then?

    It is absolutely possible for a straight dude to be friends and roommates with a gay guy. There would still be speculation but not to this extent. And of course he doesn’t owe us any explanation at all – if he’s cool with people speculating (which he should be in 2019) then everything is good.

    I’ll happily imagine them together – they make a cute couple either way 🙂

    • Des says:

      Brandon also visited him in NYC (like roommates do) and stayed with him in his hotel room (coz they’re roommates) and then left for LA together (where they live as roommates).

      • Resi says:

        Richard also took him to Monaco and to party with his parents. He must just be the very best roommate a boy could dream of.

      • sarah says:

        “stayed with him in his hotel room” Wow, so you work at the hotel to know that?

    • otaku fairy... says:

      “And of course he doesn’t owe us any explanation at all- if he’s cool with people speculating(which he should be in 2019) then everything is good.” This, and that extends to both sexes and all ages. If people are just friends, that’s fine. If there’s more to it than that and people want to label their situations, that’s fine. If they want to just live out their situations both in their private life and in their art without first labeling it , that’s fine too- even if they’re not Taylor Swift. It’s not something that should be policed and it’s not a church or a clique. #Pride2019

    • happyhumpday says:

      To me it seems pretty obvious they’re more than friends and the great thing is nobody seems to care (checked various gossip sites and comment sections). They have couple necklaces etc.

      • sarah says:

        They don’t have “couple necklaces”. Richard has been wearing that necklace since 2013. And just because they are from the same brand, doesn’t make them “matching” or “couple.”

  2. Lucy says:

    I love him! He’s killing it right now.

  3. Amaryis says:

    Interesting….. 🤔….and sexy

  4. Clara says:

    I have no interest in who he goes to bed with I am just jealous of his fabulous grey hair stripe, I wish mine went grey like that rather than around my temples.

  5. Kateeeee says:

    I cannot imagine someone would risk the ridicule/hate that sadly still come with open homosexuality/bisexuality simply to promote a movie about legendary gay icon Elton John. Seems like the target audience for that sort of performative sexuality would already be engaged, no? Beautiful guy though. Good for him, whatever he has going on. But please stop dressing alike as grown men 😂🤷‍♀️

    • Cindy says:

      Yeah, unfortunately in Hollywood nowadays there’s still a lot of roles he could lose for not being straight. Making ambiguous statements in interviews maybe, but faking a whole gay relationship just to promote a movie? Seems a bit much, especially for such a notoriously private guy.

    • happyhumpday says:

      I checked comments on various sites even on the rather conservative Daily Fail and people don’t care he in all prob is dating another man.

    • sarah says:

      It doesn’t have to be PR. They could just be really good friends. Also Richard’s answer is perfect because it shows that he doesn’t have to defend his sexuality like many straight men do. He’s not offended by the speculation.

  6. xdanix says:

    Yeah, whether they’re friends or dating I don’t think is just pap strolls at all. They’ve been hanging out since last November at least, and Richard moved in to Brandon’s place in LA early this year. Who moves in together just for PR months ahead of a movie coming out that one of them isn’t even in?! Plus in the last couple weeks Brandon flew to New York to be with him for like 2 days and then they flew on to Monaco where they hung out with his parents at some Ferrari party (there’s a great photo of them on twitter giving some matching seriously unimpressed side-eye to someone taking their photo 😆) then BACK to New York for Richard’s Rocketman premiere where Brandon was photographed with him at some afterparty. (Blame twitter and me being very bored and needing a distraction from my real life for me knowing all this useless info, please 🙈)

    Plus, I just don’t think Richard would do that, to be honest. He genuinely is a private man, I just don’t think he’s the type. Not to mention it wouldn’t benefit his rapidly heating up Hollywood career at all to actually have rumours around him dating guys once Rocketman is out, we all know what Hollywood is like, so I can’t imagine an actor in his position doing that.

    And as for that answer… I don’t know. It does read to me as a kind of quiet confirmation, given the “my relationships” used, plus he used the exact same answer in the past when asked about past girlfriends. But on the other hand I don’t want to assume I know for sure what’s going on either. Either way whether they’re dating or just close friends their relationship seems very sweet, and kudos to him for being “unbothered” by the question and not feeling the need to deny it or shout “I’m straight” or whatever even as he’s breaking out in Hollywood.

    • MissM says:

      He was also asked before about his friendship with Gemma Chan and gave the same type of answer. He’s just a private person.

      • xdanix says:

        I know he’s a private person, I said exactly that in my post above? I’ve seen him be a little more open about his relationship with Gemma though, I don’t think he’s AS protective of his privacy when it comes to friends as questions about who he is potentially dating (which is his complete right, of course.) He told a great story in a recent interview about sharing the madness of awards season with her this year, and the crazy of it contrasted with them sitting in his house together wondering would they even work again not so long ago. It made me even happier to think of the pictures of them looking fab at various awards ceremonies just a few months ago! I love them both, so I love that they’re friends ☺️

    • Lorina says:

      Right?! They seem so sweet either way. The pictures are really cute.

      • xdanix says:

        @Lorina Exactly! Like, I don’t want to assume I know whether they’re friends or they’re more but whichever their relationship is it seems like a really close and lovely one, which is just really nice to see.

    • Lorina says:

      @xdanix Yes. Just lovely 🙂

  7. Lorina says:

    He sounds really cool, and nice, and smart… I have a serious crush. Doesn’t help that he’s also hot as hell…
    I hope Bodyguard gets a second season!

  8. MissM says:

    I’ve seen a lot of the photos that have gotten tongues wagging and if you look at their body language, it is clear that they are nothing more than friends. They are together a lot because Richard is living with Brandon in LA while he looks for a house and since Richard had been based out of London he might not have anyone else in LA.
    It’s ridiculous and potentially damaging to assume that a gay man and a straight man can’t just be friends.

    • Patty says:

      Thank you! It’s not uncommon in certain parts of the world for men and women to walk arm and arm with the same sex or display affection to members of the same sex. Jeez. Good for Madden who has a history of never talking about any of his relationships, both platonic and sexual. It’s really none of our business.

    • sarah says:

      Thank you! Exactly this!

  9. anneliser says:

    It’s totally possible that he’s gay or bisexual, but there’s nothing weird about a straight guy being roommates with a gay guy. My husband’s college roommate was gay and out, and my husband didn’t care in the slightest (and that was 20 years ago). I’m happy and secure in the knowledge that my husband is not a homophobe!

    • sarah says:

      Agreed. Also I doubt he is gay. He’s had several serious relationships with women. He has even called Jenna his first love.

  10. Rivkah says:

    Well, they look cute together…

  11. Mina says:

    Unfortunately, the industry still isn’t as progressive as it wants to think it is. If Richard Madden were to come out as gay now, there goes his potential leading man status, he’d go the same road that so many other openly gay actors have gone, which is getting a lot of asexual or gay roles. Can you imagine Disney hiring him to play Cinderella’s prince if everyone knows he’s gay? Doubtful. No idea if he is or not, but his answer seems to be the smartest one, without offending anyone and keep people guessing and talking about him.

    • happyhumpday says:

      Hence he’s lowkey about it. I assume he’s bi, not gay.

    • grumpy says:

      Luke Evans does in the movies and Richard could still have a very good acting career in the more progressive places where no one gives a f*ck, like the UK. Andrew Scott is flavour of the month after Fleabag and he is totally openly gay, Richard Armitage has never commented but we all love him. Sir Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Antony Sher, Ben Whishaw

      • Mina says:

        Yes, and none of those actors with perhaps the exception of Luke Evans (who IMO should be bigger than he is because he’s really amazing) ever plays the leading man in a heterosexual relationship in a big Hollywood movie. Not that they have to play heterosexual men, but since most of the roles are of heterosexual people, it really limits them, and unfairly so. Of course in other places no one cares, but also those places don’t produce the big global hits that Hollywood does. I don’t think many people even know who Andrew Scott is because Fleabag is a niche TV show.

  12. happyhumpday says:

    He’s not a celeb like a reality star who’s chosen to sell their personal life but they’re a hot couple (straight woman commenting). I like the way he doesn’t hide it yet doesn’t make a big deal of it, and checking the comments on various sites suggests we’ve made a lot of progress about “leading men” and the irrelevance of their sexuality (Kristen Stewart started with “leading women” a few years back). The timeline could suggest he broke up with his last gf after meeting Flynn.

  13. TaniaOG says:

    In the words of Paris Hilton…. That’s hot …..

  14. Andrea says:

    Jenna Coleman was hit on by Prince Harry and she rejected him. She is now with her costar on Victoria.

  15. Meganbot2000 says:

    I worked with him two years ago, he is openly bisexual. They are obviously together and he’s barely hiding it.

    It’s extremely disappointing the number of comments online going “no he’s obviously 100% hetero!!! Loads of incredibly wealthy straight men have male roommates who they travel with everywhere!!!” I mean, come on…

    (And I disagree they are pap strolls. You can usually tell, if a celeb is always wearing the same outfit, it means they didn’t call the paps. A photo of Richard and his boyfriend holding hands or kissing would be worth major $$$$$$ so it’s no wonder paps are stalking him.”