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Jeremy Renner Responds To Gay Rumors

06/30/2015 10:40 am ET
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Actor Jeremy Renner told Playboy magazine he laughs off rumors that he's gay. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

 

Jeremy Renner doesn't care if you think he's gay. 

As has been the case with many celebrities, Renner's sexuality has been a source of public interest. Back in 2012, the "Avengers" star gave a candid cover-story interview to The Hollywood Reporter and quashed speculation about his sexual orientation.

“I want my personal life to be personal," he said at the time. "How about I go peek in your window, take what underwear you wore last night, whose husband you were f**king, and shove that in the megaphone throughout your neighborhood? How does that feel?” 

Fast forward three years and Renner is addressing those same gay rumors head-on in an interview with Playboy magazine. 

[A]s a general rule I don’t respond to questions about my personal life. I’m not going to try to prove what I am or am not. It’s silly, right? When you [G]oogle yourself and the first thing that comes up is “Jeremy Renner gay,” it’s like, “Oh, now you’ve arrived. You’re now a giant movie star.” So I just had a big laugh about it. I don’t care, ultimately, if that’s what people want to think, read and care about. F**king say whatever the hell you want about me. Look at where we’re at socially -- leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That’s an amazing thing. To suggest that it’s negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever -- I just don’t get it. Don’t you wish we were in a world where we’re not shaming, judging and boxing people in?

The 44-year-old actor is currently in the process of getting divorced. His ex, Sonni Pacheco, made the filing back in December after 10 months of marriage. The two share custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Ava.  

 

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