In a recent interview, gay actor Brandon Flynn spoke about the rumors surrounding his dating life. He described them making him feel ‘scandalized’.
Flynn, who had his breakout role in Netflix’s controversial show 13 Reasons Why, recently did an interview with Variety. He spoke to Elizabeth Wagmeister about a variety of topics.
One of those topics was dating rumors and how celebrities are constantly scrutinized.
After splitting up with singer Sam Smith, rumors began swirling about Flynn and Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden following paparazzi photos.
Flynn, for the most part, is unimpressed by all the speculation.
‘Why did you write that article?’
On seeing headlines about his personal life, Flynn stated: ‘It’s hard not to feel like something in my personal life is not being scandalized because that’s kind of the way it feels when you read headlines about yourself, especially when you read headlines that have this big bang to them, and then you read the article and you’re like, “Why did you write that article? There is actually nothing there.”’
He described such speculative articles as tools to ‘egg on some sort of rumor cycle that will just keep going around until you finally get something that will actually just make it all true or false’.
Flynn also said he ‘100%’ felt there’s ‘more interest’ in his dating life because he’s a gay man.
‘I think the media and the press and a lot of people who have interest in actors or any people in front of the camera, there’s this sense of — and I’m speaking very candidly — “let’s see them fail,”‘ he continued.
‘No one wants to write that article or read that article that would be like, “Oh! Brandon is with this person and we are so happy for them!” There’s always something behind it and there’s always some sort of scandal that wants to be revealed, and that’s frustrating.’
On coming out and gay roles
Flynn also spoke about the fact that he’s never publicly come out, everyone simply assumed he did because he supported Australia’s campaign for marriage equality.
‘I was embraced, so I never want to take that away from people who have been so supportive to me because I was totally embraced, but in no way, shape or form, did I say that this is me coming out,’ he explained. ‘I had done that years ago.
‘Being in the industry makes you someone of public curiosity, hence why all of the sudden I was a gay actor, but just because I was supporting human rights.’
He also weighed in on the current debate around straight actors playing LGB characters.
‘I really, really do believe that everyone should believe anything and everything. The last thing I want to go do is play Brandon,’ he commented.
‘I love playing someone who loves a woman. And you know what? I’ve had the same relationship with a man that’s had its ups and downs.’