Taron Egerton, the Welsh actor taking on the role of Elton John in the upcoming biopic Rocketman, clarified recent rumors about his sexuality.
It all started in October when Egerton posted a photo of a young man on his Instagram account. The caption of the post read: ‘Cutie. My boy .’
When one commenter asked Egerton to tag the man so people could identify him, the actor responded: ‘Nah, he’s mine and mine only.’
Another savvy user also noticed Egerton liked a comment about him having a boyfriend.
In a recent interview with Radio Times, however, he brought the speculation to a halt.
‘One of the lads was at my London flat and I Insta-grammed a picture of him and said, “Look at this cutie”, and a million outlets reported I was coming out as gay,’ he explained.
‘I’m not gay but two of my mates came out when I was 15 and it was a joy to support them because, as a group, we are all secure in who we are.’
He said he won’t stop calling his ‘mates cuties and gorgeous, because they are cuties and they are gorgeous’.
Comments about Kevin Spacey
Later, Egerton addressed fellow actor Kevin Spacey, whom he worked with on the flop Billionaire Boys Club.
‘He was never inappropriate with me,’ he said. ‘There’s a fine line, though, between someone being an audacious flirt and being predatory? I thought he was the former.
‘It’s sad his professional demise threw a shadow over our film.’
Egerton’s turn as Elton John comes out on 17 May. Check out the trailer for Rocketman here.