Bradley Cooper: It’s “fantastic” that people think I’m gay

Garber, Cooper At "Behind the Scenes of Alias"

Here’s the thing: I definitely get a gay vibe from Bradley Cooper, and that may influence how I’m reading this. Now, it’s totally possible that Bradley isn’t gay, that he’s totally enamored with The Zellweger, that he’s secretly the butchest dude that ever lived. But that’s not how he seems, is it? When I watched Bradley in the trailer for The A-Team, it just seemed like he was so woefully miscast as this would-be action hero, a little effete pipsqueak trying to play with the big guns and Liam Neeson. That’s not to say I think Bradley is untalented as an actor – I think he’s got chops, but I’m never going to buy him as The Hero, you know? He’s the actor you hire when you need someone who can talk his way through tricky dialogue, not when you need someone who can sufficiently grunt after blowing something up.

Anyway, after seeing The A-Team trailer, and watching this hilarious clip in which Bradley tries to talk to a naked man without asking the guy to join him in a public toilet, the gay vibe has been particularly strong this week. Then I came across Bradley’s recent comments to The Independent (via Digital Spy and D-listed) that he thought it was “fantastic” that people think he’s gay. Even more fantastic? That persistent rumor about Bradley and Victor Garber:

Bradley Cooper has said that it was “fantastic” that people thought he was gay.

The Hangover star, who has been dating actress Renee Zellweger for several months, has insisted that he was amazed at what was written in the tabloids about him and actor friend Victor Garber after attending an event together.

Speaking to The Independent, the 34-year-old said: “People thought we were dating. It was all over the internet. It was the first time I read a rumor like that about me, and I just thought it was fantastic.”

Cooper also admitted that he never fit into any specific high school clique while growing up.

He added: “I wasn’t the smartest person in school, I wasn’t the coolest kid. I really didn’t have anything going on.”

“I was fascinated by those sports jocks because they were so obviously a**eholes and didn’t hide that fact. But they somehow had this power, that the rules of the universe didn’t apply to them.”

[From Digital Spy]

Okay, I’ll buy that Bradley was never one of the jocks, and that simple fact made him more sensitive. But notice how Bradley didn’t really deny the gay rumor? Maybe he thinks it’s not worth the time and energy it takes to deny (he’s probably right). Maybe he thinks that if he denies it, he’ll seem like he thinks there’s something wrong with being gay (which there isn’t). Maybe he needs a better publicist (yes, he does). Maybe he and Victor need to go away on a soul-searching vacation.

Here’s the clip, via Seriously? OMG! WTF?, of Bradley’s appearance on a Globe Trekker episode. Watch Bradley checking out the naked dude (NSFW):

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  1. Maritza says:

    Actually I like Bradley and Victor as a couple, they look cute. Renee and Bradley, ehh, not so much.

  2. Roma says:

    I don’t know; my ex-bf was perfectly comfortable around gay men and because he was a model, everyone assumed he was gay too. He’d go to Pride every year, hung out at gay clubs with his gay friends, etc etc but was straight as an arrow – just very comfortable with himself and other people. I think that’s the vibe I get from Bradley too. Not gay, just okay with people thinking he is because he knows he’s not.

  3. Dorothy says:

    I’m with Roma, most people can hang out with gay people and not be accused of being gay. Renee already did the beard thing with Kenny I don’t think she would do it again.

    They are a cute couple. Well he’s cute she has had way too much work done but I digress…

  4. Phowie says:

    Frankly, I don’t think the problem is ‘is he or isn’t he’, it’s nobody’s business but his own. It’s our society that is so homophobic that actors and/or actresses feel compelled to masquerade behind the facade of a hetero relationship in order to get work and placate the producers, directors, agents and ticket-buying public who, for whatever reason, seem to treat these celebrities like a stock share, as if by buying a ticket to see their film we are entitled to have a say in how they should behave and live their life.

  5. LolaBella says:

    I love me some Victor Garber! I miss him and Johnny Lee Miller on Eli Stone.

  6. Firestarter says:

    Well if he isn’t gay, he still makes a great couple with Victor.

  7. wif says:

    “treat these celebrities like a stock share, as if by buying a ticket to see their film we are entitled to have a say in how they should behave and live their life. ”

    Wow! Excellent point! I never thought about that before, but you’re right. We spend money on something and that thing becomes ours. Small wonder people have such a vested interest in the stars.

  8. bella says:

    Personally, I don’t care if he’s gay or straight, but he’s definitely over-rated!

  9. stinabelle says:

    @Roma: My boyfriend’s two best friends are gay, and he has no problem going to gay bars/dancing around gay men. It has to do with being truly comfortable in your sexuality, I think, and not buying into the stereotypes of a “real man.”

  10. Tia C says:

    In that last picture Bradley’s orange hair and gay suit are not doing anything to dispel the gay rumors, LOL. But I still don’t think he’s gay. And I don’t really care if he is.

    Phowie hit the nail on the head with this issue. It is a shame that celebrities still feel like they have to hide who they really are and create some kind of fake persona for the sake of their careers. I don’t see why that’s necessary in this day and age. However, I don’t think Bradley Cooper is doing that, he’s just not one of those in-your-face celebrities, he seems to lead a relatively private life.

  11. Vicki says:

    Why does it matter if actors are gay or straight?

  12. anon says:

    jack and will?? i’m sure there’s alias fanfiction for that

  13. LolaBella says:

    @anon: Yep, and there’s fanfic for EVERYTHING!

  14. Jo says:

    Victor Garber and Nathan Lane are reportedly a couple, and have been so for many years.

    • Joe says:

      Victor Garber and Nathan Lane went out in the early -mid 90′s but grew apart because Nathan moved back to NY. Nathan Lane has been dating Devlin Elliott since 2004; small time producers; not really famous.

  15. RobN says:

    I doubt the Victor/Nathan Lane rumor. They are both openly gay and both go to events all the time and yet I’ve never seen a single picture of them in couple mode? Seems quite unlikely since neither seems especially shy about what they’ve got going on.

  16. Firestarter says:

    NATHAN LANE IS GAY??????????

  17. truthSF says:

    LOL @Firestarter’s “NATHAN LANE IS GAY??????????”, best line of the day.

    And the answer is no, he’s just really, really sweet.

  18. Lem says:

    @ firestarter :)
    . :) that comment caught my attention from the sidebar :)

  19. Goddess711 says:

    Well, he’s out now. Let the guys vs. the girls battle it out for him. Would make popcorn and watch if I cared. He’s icky straight, gay or non.

  20. Jo says:

    It doesn’t look like this link will work –,9171,1115680-4,00.html
    but this is part of the article from 10/9/2005 Time magazine –
    the interview is with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, and it is just before The Odd Couple opened on Broadway –

    “You’d think they’d be sick of each other, but they actually hang out offstage too. “We’ve always been friends,” Broderick says. “We’ve had little arguments, very brief moments of temper or whatever, but so little. During this rehearsal process, when we get our little hour-and-a-half break, we go somewhere and eat. And go out after.” There are joint excursions to the Hamptons. They have a whole circle of friends in common, including Parker and Lane’s steady boyfriend as well as Alias actor (and Broadway veteran) Victor Garber. “Nathan is as much a part of our extended family as life allows,” says Parker, who calls her husband’s partner Uncle Nathan around son James Wilkie. “That’s a huge part of life in the theater, the time after the show. They’re both far more social than I am.” Parker also maintains that The Odd Couple has reversed their real-life personas. “Matthew is far more like Oscar than Felix.”

    The mention of the circle of friends including Nathan Lane…and Victor Garber is subject to interpretation since there should have been a comma if Nathan Lane’s partner and Victor Garber were two different people.

  21. Mairead says:

    Nathan Lane isn’t gay dear, he’s just very good to his mother :lol:

    Oh that video was priceless, poor Bradley was looking creepier and creepier by buttoning up more and more as the filming went on :lol: I’ve never been, but even I know that wearing clothes at a nudist beach is a serious no-no and tends to mark you out as a bit of a perv.

    I couldn’t give a toss what his orientation is, I will say this – he DOES make a lovely couple with Victor, and they’re some of the few photos I’ve seen of him where he doesn’t look like a bet-down Dan Futterman.

  22. Kiki says:

    I didn’t know Victor G was gay. I need to catch up on my celeb gossip!

  23. Cheyenne says:

    GMAFB. That Bradley-is-gay bullshit was started by disappointed Aniston fans after Cooper made it clear he wasn’t interested in her. If he’s not interested, he must be gay. Now they are saying the same bullshit about Gerard Butler.

  24. Firestarter says:

    LOL@Mairead “Nathan Lane isn’t gay dear, he’s just very good to his mother”

  25. Firestarter says:

    @Cheyenne- Uh, no they were around a long time before that, but thanks for playing. And, unless you are starting them, no one has ever said Gerard Butler was gay, at least I have never heard that.

    It would be so refreshing if in a post that has NOTHING to do about Jennifer Aniston, you could refrain from bashing her. Save the bashings for posts that are about her or the PJ’s.

    Let me see… Hmm, how can I tie Angelina Jolie into a Bradley Cooper thread so I can rail on her for no reason????

  26. crash2GO2 says:

    I agree that Bradley is simply very comfortable with his sexuality. In this day and age, men are being raised where other sexualities are accepted. So they don’t go out of their way to avoid being labeled in one way or another. It simply doesn’t matter to them, because they know what they are and don’t need to prove it to anyone (I think he is hetero, but whatever).

    My boyfriend is quite good looking, and was recently out shopping in San Luis Obispo. He has taken to wearing scarfs – he likes playing around with dashing looks. He got asked for his phone number 3 times by other men. Has he stopped wearing scarves? Hell no! He looks good in them! :D

  27. crash2GO2 says:

    OMG Cheyenne – leave it to you to bring up Jennifer Aniston again! ROTFLMBO!

  28. Cheyenne says:

    @ Firestarter: Where did I bash her? Clean your bifocals, hon. I said her fans were calling Cooper gay, not her. Or maybe you can’t tell the two apart?

  29. Joanna says:

    I agree bradley is awful in A-Team, he cannot pull off the action man roles. Definitely get the gay vibe from bradley, bradley should dump renee and hook up with victor again, cute couple.

  30. GatsbyGal says:

    Aww, those two are cute together.

  31. Firestarter says:

    @Cheyenne- Sorry dear, but I do not wear bifocals! Nice try at the passive/aggressive age insult, by the way. However, to insult me, you are going to have to do a lot better.

    This thread is about Bradley Cooper and Victor Garber, not Aniston or her fans, and their “alleged” smear campaign against Bradley for “refusing” to romance Aniston.

    Maybe you should take time out and look at your McGuffey’s reader, and learn to read, because last I knew, this thread did not have Aniston’s name in the header, nor was it even mentioned until you made your ridiculous comment that has no basis in fact.

  32. princess pea says:

    Cheyenne, who are these Aniston fans you know making crap up all the time? You dislike Jennifer Aniston, we know… so why hang around with rabid weirdos who talk about her all the time? It must make you nuts.

    Also, let’s not play dumb. You brought up her name, ostensibly because “her fans” are bothersome to you, in a post that has NOTHING to do with her. YOU did that. You don’t have to agree with other people on a gossip site, certainly, but you don’t have to try to be a troll either.

    For the record, I still think he’s faking it with Renee. Sorry.

  33. Blondie says:

    LMAO @ the readers who claim that they have ex boyfriends that are “so comfortable” with their gay friends. I mean, if you have been friends with someone a long time and they come out-that’s one thing. But going to gay bars, dancing with gay men, going to Pride, and all that extra stuff! Sorry, I’m thinking if he’s not bi, he’s at least curious.

  34. Blondie says:

    “My boyfriend’s two best friends are gay, and he has no problem going to gay bars/dancing around gay men.”

    Sorry GAY!

    “my ex-bf was perfectly comfortable around gay men and because he was a model, everyone assumed he was gay too. He’d go to Pride every year, hung out at gay clubs with his gay friends, etc”

    Gay-dar flashing red!

  35. SageAdvice says:

    Chey Chey you bashed her by saying that Bradley didn’t want to date her even though there were no facts that the two were ever dating and aren’t just friends who happened to work on the same movie. Aniston never indicated anything to the contrary and neither did Bradley.

    The tabs made up some story about the two dating and that clearly wasn’t true. Her detractors, on the other hand, seemed to be quick to jump on the story and applaud yet another “jen gets rejected” story regardless of the fact that there were no facts to them ever dating.

    Anyway, if he is gay, lovely. If he isn’t, I would be all up in that without a backward glance.

  36. Amy says:

    The Bradley Cooper gay rumors have been around for awhile… Back when he was on Alias, the imdb message boards were full of people who allegedly knew him BC in high school and said he had previously dated men.

    I don’t know whether BC is gay or not, but I don’t find it weird to see Victor Garber and Bradley Cooper together from time to time. They were both on Alias after all.

  37. BBC says:

    Isn’t Bradley Cooper playing the “Face” role in A-team? That is not a real action hero role the way I remember it. Dirk Benedict was about as manly as Bradley is.

  38. Emilly says:

    Even if victor garber wasn’t in these pictures, my gaydar would be pinging loud and clear at theses pictures of bradley cooper.

  39. Zewt says:

    I couldn’t give a damn if he’s gay or not, I just wish he wasn’t trying to go the action hero route. Keep your hair trimmed nicely, Bradley, and stay away from sketchy highlights and sketchy naked Croatian men… advice we should all follow, really.

  40. Amy says:

    To be fair, the part he’s playing in the A-Team isn’t supposed to be butch. He’s Faceman. But… Faceman is supposed to have, you know, a good-looking face?

    Dirk Benedict he is not.

  41. Phowie says:

    Actually, I heard that the gay rumors surrounding Mr. Cooper were given momentum by Scarlett Johansson. Evidently during the shooting of ‘He’s Just Not that Into You’ she claims he didn’t ‘react’ to her at all during their love scenes and that since no straight man could resist her he must be gay. Way to rationalize ScarJo. Maybe, like the title says, he just wasn’t that into you (or maybe he prefers your husband.)

  42. I Choose Me says:

    I didn’t see him checking out the naked guy, he glances at the guy then continues forward and doesn’t look at him again until the guy stops him. Plus I saw him glancing off to the right where the naked ladies were sunning. So, the jury’s still out as far as I’m concerned, maybe he’s bi. But gay, bi or not why do we care?