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Jim Parsons says not hiding his sexuality (or his partner) was ‘only logical’

Jim Parsons says not hiding his sexuality (or his partner) was ‘only logical’

Jim Parsons never kept his sexuality or his partner, art director Todd Spiewak, a secret.

Big Bang Theory-star Jim Parsons has said not hiding his sexuality when he became famous was ‘only logical’.

In an interview with Migros Magazin, a weekly magazine published in Switzerland, the actor also said he never felt especially brave for being openly gay while growing up in Texas.

‘Houston is a metropolis, I never had the feeling not to have the right to my life,’ he said.

Although there were some people who didn’t approve, and places best avoided, Parsons said they did nothing to deter him.

‘I also don’t think I’m particularly brave to be the way I am,’ he said.

‘Because I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me and paved this way.’

Hiding his sexuality or his partner, art director Todd Spiewak, was never a question, even when The Big Bang Theory really took off – at which point the couple had been together for five years.

‘There was no going back, luckily. I took Todd along to the first award shows, as my date, and what happened?,’ Parsons said.

‘Absolutely nothing. And afterwards, nobody ever asked me: “Are you gay?”’

While filming TV movie The Normal Heart about the 80s AIDS crisis, Parsons said interviewers just assumed he was gay, asking for his personal perspective on the matter.

One thing leaving Parsons a bit surprised, however, was Glisten – an LGBTI organization for students – awarding him and his partner an Inspiration award in 2014.

‘I’m not an activist. We simply live our life,’ Parsons said.

‘And if that’s inspirational, it’s completely incidental – but it’s also okay.’