2014 has been the year of the gay/straight bromance in more ways than one. And although this year wasn’t the first time we’ve seen them, there’s no denying the obvious uptick in these unique kinds of bromances in Hollywood.
Now that straight men are embracing gay porn, gay men, and gay(isn) bedroom activities, it’s time to recognize the men on the forefront of this sexual revolution, the not-so elusive Gay Straight Guys of Hollywood.
Scroll down and check out some of our favorite celebrity gay/straight pairs who made headlines this year:
Harry Styles and Nick Grimshaw
Some of the first One Direction gay rumors (yes, there are many) began when British media took note of frontman Harry Styles’ close bromance with openly gay BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. The two were spotted hanging out an awful lot in 2012, wearing each other’s clothes and sipping from the same straws, and were officially placed under speculation when Harry started dating professional beard Taylor Swift.
The rumors became so heavy that Styles set the record straight in an interview with the Mirror, saying “we’re not dating, no. We’re just friends.” He went on to dismiss claims that he was perhaps bisexual: “Bisexual? Me? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure I’m not.”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet
These two work so well together that we often forget they’re not a real-life couple. Tyler and Eric have incredible chemistry on the set of Modern Family, where they play gay couple Mitch and Cam, but their friendship translates offscreen as well, where they’ve become spokespeople for LGBT rights abroad.
In July, Stonestreet proved just how in with the gays he was by calling his Modern Family character a “fussy bottom.” In the same interview with HuffPo, he said that playing gay on national television has given him “more compassion and more empathy” for the LGBT community.
Tom Daley, Chris Mears and Jack Laugher
This bromantic threesome captivated us during the 2012 London Olympics, when the boys joined forces to create one of the sexiest diving teams the world has ever known. Before Tom even came out, these boys were making our hearts race with super sexy parody videos, shirtless group photos and — oh yeah — tons of ass coverage at the Olympics.
In March, Chris told Winq that he’s grateful for the gay following he’s inherited through Tom. “I’ve had a couple of funny suggestions [on Twitter],” he said, “normally guys asking for foursomes with me, Tom and Jack Laugher.” Ugh, sign us up.
This bromance began long before both guys were famous, back when they first met as college roommates at Carnegie Mellon in the ’90s. They’ve made audiences swoon together on projects like White Collar and Magic Mike, and in 2012, Joe sang Matt’s highest praises in an interview with the Backlot.
“Matt is one of the funniest people that I know,” he said. On his bff playing a straight male stripper in Magic Mike, he added: “Matt is the kind of actor that can pull off anything. The guy is so versatile. Especially even at school, he was a triple threat, and he was a computer major. He was a singer, dancer, actor, so I wouldn’t say that I was shocked by any of it, but I will say that working on the movie was probably the most fun I think I’ve ever had at work.”
James Franco’s latest bromantic publicity stunt seems to be with Zachary Quinto, and the two are milking it for all it’s worth on the set of a new film where they play ex-boyfriends. It’s the latest gayest thing James is doing right now, after performing fellatio on a gun, directing a movie about the gay leather scene and painting Seth Rogen stark naked.
Earlier this month, Zach defended James’ obsession with gay culture in an interview with HuffPo.
[James] is someone who is really interested in generating a dialogue,” he said, “so I feel like putting it out there, and putting it out there in different ways, is something that’s interesting and something that I don’t think people should shy away from.”
Frankie Grande and Zach Rance
The gay/straight bromance rage reached a fever pitch this summer with Zankie, the Big Brother showmance that had gay BB houseguest Frankie Grande basically shacking up with a fellow houseguest, straight frat bro Zach Rance. In an interview on the show, Zach said “I’m not gay, but the bond Frankie and I have is so genuine and sincere that I truly feel that he is my boyfriend.”
The intense love fest was a first for the show, and was described by host Julie Chen as “the greatest showmance this summer.” Frankie’s bromance with Zach inspired several more mini-bromances between Frankie and the other straight male houseguests. There was lots of ass-grabbing, simulated gay sex, and more late night cuddles than we could count.