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George Clooney is committed to keeping his private life private -- and if that makes people think he's gay, then so be it! The actor-director-writer knows he's been followed by gay rumors for years, perhaps because of his firm commitment to bachelorhood. But as Clooney, 50, tells The Advocate, he really doesn't mind.
"I think it's funny, but the last thing you'll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, 'These are lies!'" says Clooney of the persistent gay rumors. "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?" he continues. "I'll be long dead, and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don't give a s***."
While Clooney is indifferent to the gay gossip, he is passionate about the issue of marriage equality, which he considers "the final leg of the civil rights movement." He supports his buddy Brad Pitt's decision to delay marrying Angelina Jolie until gay marriage is legal -- even if it means a few jokes at his own expense.
"Brad has also joked that he’s not getting married until I can legally marry my partner," says Clooney. "He's been funny about it, because he knows that the best and most effective way to end marriage inequality is to point out the ridiculousness of it. Gay marriage doesn't affect anyone else or change the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman."
Clooney, who has been dating Stacy Keibler since last fall, says that he would be perfectly willing to take a gay role, if it was the right project.
"Listen, there are a bunch of interesting stories out there, but I just haven't found a screenplay with a gay subject that felt right for me as something that I could direct or act in," he admits. "I'm certainly not avoiding it. Whether it's about being gay or it just happens to have a gay character, if it's a great screenplay, let's go do it."
Knowing that Clooney only takes projects he really believes in, we'd bet that film will be worth waiting for!