Bryan Singer Opens Up About His Sexuality, Ellen Page's Coming Out and Russia's Anti-Gay Law

11:28 AM PST 05/14/2014 by Hilary Lewis
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Bryan Singer

In an interview conducted before he was hit with sex-abuse allegations, the "X-Men" director says he's "quite bisexual" and explains why he doesn't often talk about his sexual orientation.

Although often identified as "openly gay," Bryan Singer never really came out -- to his parents or the public.

With his parents, he called his mom crying when he was having relationship trouble with a friend who was less confident in his identity. With the public, he was never really shy about his relationships, bringing his boyfriend to the Usual Suspects set.

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But now the X-Men: Days of Future Past director is opening up about his sexuality in an extensive interview with Out magazine, which includes both of the above stories, conducted before he was hit with shocking sex-abuse allegations.

And Singer says he doesn't really define himself as gay, remarking, "I'm quite bisexual."

In fact, he explains that he's had two girlfriends in the past five years and his first serious relationship was with actress Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk), but he reasons that he'll probably end up with a man.

“I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer," he says.

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Still, he explains that he doesn't often talk to the press about his sexuality because he feels that topic is so complex that in order to have a real discussion you need to be able to directly address the audience.

“If you look at the Kinsey Report, human sexuality is so complex. And the reason I’ve never talked about it to the press -- until now -- is because sexuality is so complex. To have a real conversation about it, you really want to have the person you’re talking to in front of you," he says.

When asked by closeted actors whether they should come out, Singer says he advises them to do whatever feels comfortable.

The director also says that the day after his X-Men star Ellen Page came out, he noticed a change for the better.

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“She just seemed so much happier and relaxed and talkative,” he says, “to the point where we all said, ‘Ellen, you seem to be kind of glowing.’ "

He adds that he believes her Valentine's Day speech at a Human Rights Campaign conference should be read in schools.

Singer has pulled out of all press for Days of Future Past, explaining that he didn't want the allegations against him to take attention away from the film.

But he tells Out that he wasn't planning to travel to the film's Moscow premiere anyway, in the wake of the country's recent anti-gay law.

“I see Russia as such a powerful, enlightened country,” he says. “But any law that invites discrimination invites assholes to be able to harm the person being discriminated by the law, because they feel empowered. That’s how a beautiful, enlightened, intelligent country like Germany became a terrible, monstrous place for a period of history.”

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