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12/11/2013 08:51 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

George Clooney Addresses Gay Rumors In The Best Way Possible

George Clooney's sexuality is frequent fodder for the tabloids, but the superstar actor doesn't feel the need to deny being gay.

The Oscar winner recently opened up to Esquire U.K. about his sexuality in the cover story for the magazine's January 2014 issue.

"[A headline read] 'George Clooney’s Gay-Gay-Gay.' And I said, 'I’m gay-gay. The third one’s pushing it,'" he recalled to the British publication about how the gossip started. "Well now, [according to the Internet] I'm gay. You’re not going [to deny it] because that’s flat out insulting to the gay community."

For years, talk has circulated about the sexual preferences of Hollywood's Most Eligible Bachelor.

In 2011, his ex-girlfriend, Italian model Elisabetta Canalis, made headlines for saying she and the 52-year-old Clooney had a "father-daughter" relationship. She claimed their romance ended not because of marriage issues, but because of their "personal needs."

Clooney previously addressed the gay rumors in an interview with the Advocate last year, again refusing to deny them.

"I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, 'These are lies!'" he said. "That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a shit."

Other actors have approached the sexuality question in a similar way. In September, Joseph Gordon-Levitt said he didn't need to confirm or deny anything while speaking with Out magazine.

"That would be really tacky -- they would win if I had to clarify," he contended.

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