As society progresses, more and more entertainers are coming out in support of gay and lesbian causes. But what about the grey area that is bisexuality? The often marginalized lifestyle does have its supporters and symbols in the ranks of Hollywood. To prove it, here are 15 celebs who have been labeled or who have self-identified as bisexual at one point in their public lives.
Mick Jagger has long been rumored to be bisexual, supposedly having affairs David Bowie, Eric Clapton, and founding Rolling Stones member Brian Jones. The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has also suggested he’s had an affair with Jagger in a Rolling Stone interview, though a liaison between the two is not entirely confirmed in his recent autobiography.
Though Bowie went through a period of his career where he depicted himself as gay (after “outing” himself in a 1972 interview), he later admitted it to be a lie. Bowie, who is also rumored to have had a longstanding affair with Mick Jagger, remains a happily married bisexual man (pictured with his wife, Iman, above).
Legendary guitarist Pete Townshend has been an admitted bisexual for several years. Besides the aforementioned Mick Jagger obsession, the guitarist remains fairly private about his love life.
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Though Anna Paquin is currently married to her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, the actress maintains her bisexuality is “not a lack of decision” and remains a major advocate for the cause.
Last July, R&B superstar Frank Ocean came out on his Tumblr account, revealing his attraction to another young man in his youth. He subsequently received praise from the music industry and support from figures like Russell Simmons, Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Singer Nelly Furtado came out in a 2006 interview revealing that she found women to be sexually attractive. Though she later sort-of, kind-of recanted the statement, calling herself “straight but very open-minded,” Furtado may have made herself something of an icon for the movement.
Though she’s known to most as one-half of Hollywood’s favorite power couple (with partner Brad Pitt), Angelina Jolie came out as a bisexual following the collapse of her marriage to actor Johnny Lee Miller. She dated model Jenny Shimizu for a period shortly thereafter…
Evan Rachel Wood
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Despite the fact she was recently wed to British actor Jamie Bell, actress Evan Rachel Wood maintains she continues to be attracted to women. As such, she recently addressed the issue on Twitter, clarifying her marriage only meant she’s “not on the market anymore.”
Billie Joe Armstrong
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Billie Joe Armstrong outed himself as a bisexual in an interview in 1995. In a separate 2010 piece for Out magazine he elaborated on the issue, reporting he doesn’t classify himself as any particular sexuality and wishes to keep that part of his life private for his wife’s sake.
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Chinese sexpot actress Bai Ling has long been an admitted bisexual, reporting her experiences with other women began while serving in the Chinese Communist Army as a teenager.
Though she’s married to actor Josh Duhamel, Stacey “Fergie” Ferguson of The Black Eyed Peas continues to consider herself a bisexual and remains a proud symbol for the cause.
The Biggest Loser personal trainer casually acknowledged her bisexuality in an issue of Ladies Home Journal, of all places.
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The author of Push, which was adapted into the Oscar winning film Precious, is openly bisexual. Ironically, both the book and film have been labeled anti-bi by some critics due to its highly melodramatic (and would some say stereotypical) style.
Alan C umming
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X-Men 2 actor Alan C umming has long admitted his bisexual lifestyle, jokingly adding that “the pendulum has obviously swung.” He’s been in well-documented relationships with actress Saffron Burroughs and theatre director Nick Phillipou.
Dredd and The Darkest Hour star Oliva Thirlby came out as a bisexual in 2011. She continues to participate in civil rights projects advocating for the rights of those who, like her, aren’t “100% straight.”