Actor Cheyenne Jackson is speaking out about getting divorced and trying to clear up rumors connected to his getting tattoos and growing a mustache.
Jackson and husband Monte Lapka were married in 2011 and had been together for 13 years.
‘Sometimes I think I am a little naÃ¯ve to think that people even care, but they do,’ Jackson said today on SiriusXM OutQ’s The Frank DeCaro Show in an interview transcribed by Towleroad.com.
Jackson, who has starred on Broadway in Xanadu and appeared on televisions Glee and 30 Rock, had been hoping to keep the split low-key.
‘I know that our marriage meant a lot to a lot of people … so that’s not lost on me, and I respect that,’ he says. ‘I didn’t want to have to say anything. … But the fact of the matter is, I did have to say something. It was getting a little ugly.’
What was getting ugly were reports that Jackson had a much-younger boyfriend, was living in West Hollywood, in Alcoholics Anonymous and had transformed himself physically with new tattoos and a mustache.
He says: ‘I do have a mustache, but it’s for the new Ira Sachs movie with Alfred Molina and Marissa Tomei and John Lithgow, so that’s what that’s for. I do have a new tattoo, and it’s personal.’
Jackson explains that the tattoo is song lyrics from an old Elvis Presley song that his dad used to sing to him when I was little and was an early Christmas present for his father.
‘It was a beautiful, beautiful moment between us and, you know, it’s very special – and for that to be kind of reduced to gossip fodder is obnoxious,’ he says.
He’s also angry that one of the ‘fucking’ stories revealed that he is in AA.
‘That happens to be true,’ he says. ‘I started my recovery last summer, and it became something I really wanted to focus on in my life, and repairing relationships with my family and such, so this is a really strong, beautiful time for me, personally.’
‘It also is a very sad time because I’m going through a divorce, but yeah, I mean, you know, some members of my family didn’t even know I was in Alcoholics Anonymous, so that was pretty fucked up to actually have people (find out that way).’