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The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons is now officially out as a gay man

Two-time Emmy winner confirms he has been in 10-year relationship

There was no Lance Bass or Clay Aiken-type People magazine cover for Jim Parsons who came out publicly near the end of a New York Times article on Wednesday.

The star of the highly-rated CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory was profiled as he is set to star on Broadway in the play Harvey and it states: 'Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship.'

Parsons sexuality has been something of an open secret but the 39-year-old actor has never confirmed or denied that he is gay. But he has not shied away from gay roles including a role in The Normal Heart on Broadway last June.

The actor has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award for his performance as the socially awkward Sheldon on Big Bang which is currently in its fifth season.

Harvey opens on Broadway on June 14 and Parsons will be competing with the ghost of Jimmy Stewart who played the role on film.

'Now, would it have been preferable to take on a role that had not been created before? God yes,' Parsons says. 'But breaking in a new role takes more time than I’ll have until my time on TV comes to an end. And when it does, I hope I’ll be back for longer.'

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