The New York Times is no tabloid.

When they sat down to interview Rocketman actor Richard Madden for a recent profile, they weren’t about to go down the road of prying into his personal life.

So instead, they simply touched upon the increased tabloid interest in his life, noting that paparazzi have snapped photos of Madden with Flynn, and asked if the two are an item.

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Wait a second, we see what they did there.

Madden shot down the question like a pro:

“Madden shrugged, unbothered by the question but in no hurry to answer it, either. ‘I just keep my personal life personal,” he said. “I’ve never talked about my relationships.'”

He also shared this handy celebrity tip that won’t actually be of use to 99.999% of people:

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“I wear the same clothes days in a row, because if it looks like the same day, they can’t run the pictures. There’s only so many photos you can have of me with a green juice walking down the street.”

It’s not a tactic he sees employed by everyone in the spotlight:

“I’ll be at hotels and restaurants where they’ll tell you, ‘There’s paparazzi in the front, do you want to go out the front or go out the back?’ And you go, ‘Who wants to out the front?’ And they say, ‘Oh, quite a lot of people!’”

Read the full profile here, which includes what Madden is really doing in bed. (Spoiler: eating cheeseburgers.)

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