Months ahead of the premiere of the news program he’ll host on MSNBC, Ronan Farrow has already got people talking. The Yale-educated, child prodigy, activist son of Mia Farrow (and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra) is reported to dig both the ladies and the gentlemen. If true, he’s in good company with other men who make up the B in our LGBTQ acronym. Check out these nine other notable bisexual men.
James Dean dated Hollywood beauties Ursula Andress and Pier Angeli. However, like his contemporaries Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, he also had sexual relationships with men. When questioned about his “experimental” sexuality in 1954, the Rebel Without A Cause star reportedly replied, “Well, I’m certainly not going through life with one hand tied behind my back.“
Gregg Araki is a rare example of someone who initially self-identified as gay prior to coming out as bisexual. In 1997 the Mysterious Skin director dated actress Kathleen Robertson who starred in his films, Nowhere and Splendor. Their relationship lasted for two years. Araki said he received some negative feedback from the gay community; telling The New York Times in 2011, “The reaction from the gay community was kind of hypocritical and weird, the fact that I was so judged by a community that doesn’t want to be judged themselves.”
The king of Glam rock is perhaps the person most responsible for bringing bisexuality into the mainstream vernacular. Bowie “outed” himself in an interview with the UK rock newspaper Melody Maker in 1972. In an interview with Playboy in 1976 he said, “It’s true — I am a bisexual. But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well. I suppose it`s the best thing that ever happened to me. Fun, too.” Coincidentally, (or not) Bowie’s first wife, Angela Bowie would later write a book called Bisexuality: A Pocket Guide.
Billy Joe Armstrong
Billy Joe Armstrong shocked more than a few rock fans in an interview with The Advocate in 1995. ”I think I’ve always been bisexual,” the Green Day singer courageously said. ”I mean, it’s something that I’ve always been interested in. I think people are born bisexual, and it’s just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of ‘Oh, I can’t.’ They say it’s taboo. It’s ingrained in our heads that it’s bad, when it’s not bad at all. It’s a very beautiful thing.”
Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming (Cabaret) has long considered himself to be bisexual “although the pendulum has obviously swung” as Cumming has been married to graphic artist Grant Shaffer for nearly seven years. He was married previously to actress Hilary Lyon for eight years and had a two-year relationship with bisexual actress, Saffron Burrows. “The gay community tries to claim you, the straight community tries to claim you,” Cumming told Oasis magazine in 2007. ”But I felt that was more for press stuff, because I just felt I was being misrepresented a lot of the time, mostly with people saying I was straight. It is confusing for people because I’d been married before. Now I’m married again, to a man, but I’d been married to a woman, and gone out with women. But amongst my friends, amongst people I’d known, I was always bisexual.’
The music mogul and former head of Arista Records is credited with discovering Whitney Houston. In his 2013 autobiography The Sound Track of My Life, Davis revealed he spent the last 20 years in relationships with two men. Although previously married and twice divorced from women, Davis was with a male doctor for 13 years and has been with another unnamed male partner for the past seven years. Davis said, “I never stopped being attracted to women. Bisexuality is misunderstood; the adage is that you’re either straight or gay or lying, but that’s not my experience. To call me anything other than bisexual would be inaccurate.”
“Superstar” Joe Dallesandro starred as the sexually ambivalent hunk du-jour in a string of Warhol films in the late ’60s and early ’70s; Flesh, Trash and Heat. “Little Joe” has been married to three different women over the years but appears to (somewhat reluctantly) still consider himself bisexual. In Michael Ferguson’s excellent biography Little Joe Superstar, Dallesandro revealed, “I consider myself bisexual. It wasn’t that I was sexually attracted to men per se, but if you do something for a while you can acquire a taste for it.”
Reporters frequently questioned the R.E.M. front man about his sexuality in the 1990s. In 1994 Stipe described himself as “an equal opportunity lech,” and said he did not define himself as gay, straight, or bisexual, but that he was attracted to, and had relationships with, both men and women. By 2011 he was leaning more towards men. Speaking with the Observer in 2011 Stipe said, “On a sliding scale of sexuality I’d place myself around 80-20, but I definitely prefer men to women. I had sex with, and enjoyed sex with, women until I met someone that I fell in love with, and who is now my boyfriend.”
Frank Ocean made waves in the music industry when he boldly announced, via Tumblr, that he had, unexpectedly fallen in love with a man when he was 19 years old. “I met somebody,” he wrote. “I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence… until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless.” However, when asked by GQ magazine in December 2012 if he considers himself bisexual Ocean replied, “You can move to the next question. I’ll respectfully say that life is dynamic and comes along with dynamic experiences, and the same sentiment that I have towards genres of music, I have towards a lot of labels and boxes and shit.”