‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Jim Parsons Comes Out as Gay In 10-Year Relationship

He didn’t shout it from the rooftops, but Jim Parsons has admitted he’s gay and in a committed relationship.

Jim Parsons, the lanky, Texas-born actor who has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe award for playing persnickety genius Sheldon Cooper on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, acknowledges that he is gay and in a 10-year relationship. Photo: Melody Sandoval/Flickr

Jim Parsons has been quiet about his personal life over the years, but in a new interview with the New York Times, the “Big Bang Theory” star acknowledged he is gay and in a long term relationship.

However, The Hollywood Reporter admits, the information is hidden towards the end of the 1,800 word article – which focuses mostly on Parsons’ lauded stage work in Broadway revivals of The Normal Heart and, now, Harvey – and doesn’t even contain a direct quote from Parsons himself.

“‘The Normal Heart’ resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said,” Healey wrote in the article.

The ‘Big Bang Theory’ star’s sexuality has been the source of media speculation for several years, accordng to The Huff Post. The actor thanked Todd Spiewak, the man whom many publications, including The Advocate, note is his partner, during a 2010 Emmy Award acceptance speech.

Parsons has shown up to awards shows and made public theater contributions together with Spiewak, reportedly an art director, on several previous occasions.

Moreover, The National Enquirer has once reported that Parsons and Spiewak were at one time engaged and planning a Massachusetts-based Christmas wedding, which has since been called off because Jim Parsons doesn’t want children.

None of this information has ever been confirmed nor denied by Parsons’ representatives, who have continually declined to speak about the actor’s sexuality.

A representative for Parsons was not available for comment on the news.

Jim Parsons was never openly and matter-of-factly addressing his relationship whenever it came up in his daily life and work.

Unlike other stars who identify as gay, such as Ellen DeGeneres or Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Parsons has been very quiet on the subject, tells Daily Mail.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, for example, has been tireless in his vocal support for same-sex marriage rights.

The news about Parsons homosexuality may mark what could become a new chapter in the evolution of the celebrity “coming out” story.

Different from  the old-school approach – the magazine-cover followed by a string of “revealing” TV interviews, a method used Ellen DeGeneres and later took off by everyone from Lance Bass to Neil Patrick Harris – the new method stealthily embeds the personal information in a larger piece on the “work.”

Now that Parsons is out of the closet, gay writers hope he’ll be a more vocal in his defense of other homosexual actors.

Columnist Michael Musto urged  Jim Parsons in a recent edition of Out magazine, as well as other actors such as Queen Latifah, to come out of the closet loudly and proudly, calling it  the ‘honourable – and sensible – thing to do.’

Whether or not this mentioning in the Times article constitutes a “coming out” for the popular TV star it still seems to be a topic for debate.

Jim Parsons was born on March 24, 1973. He is an American television and film actor, best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ with his performance often cited as a significant reason for the program’s success.

Parsons has received several awards for his performance, including the Television Critics Association award for the highest individual achievements in comedy, the National Association of Broadcasters Television Chairman’s Award for a significant breakthrough in a specific art discipline, two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.

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