Former Home and Away star Tim Campbell came out of the closet this week. The auburn-headed Australian actor came out after rumors began circulating that he and out singer Anthony Callea were lovers:
“Anthony’s had his rough trot, I’m going through a rough trot and I’m really concerned for my (ex)… Part of me will probably always love him because 11 years is a lot to share with each other.”
Tim says that he’s not ashamed of his sexuality, given that he’s in his thirties now. “I’m pretty comfortable with who I am and what I’m doing,” says Tim, “But I don’t want my work to be affected.”
Campbell also worries that he’ll now become nothing more than a label: “There’s nothing in the way of being ashamed about this (but) the label thing worries me a bit… If every time I’m written about now it’s as ‘the gay actor’ it would bore the hell out of me.” We’d never heard of Campbell until this morning, so he’ll forever be a “gay actor” in our book.
I’m pretty sure he meant he didn’t just want to be a gay actor to people who actually know who he is (people in his native country).
I don’t know if this will hurt his career or if he’ll end up like John Barrowman. Australia is a fairly homophobic place (like the States), so he may have some career consequences. But a few other gay celebs have come out recently and have decent careers, so maybe he will get through.
Australia is not a homophobic country, like all countries it has homophobs, but you should not generalise about something you have noe personal knowledge about. As an Australian there has been nothing but positivity towards Tim Campbell’s coming out. The reason he pronunced his sexuality, if you had read his statement properly is that he had been spending alot of time with a newly single, openly gay Australian musician and he want to disperse and rumors they were dating.
homophobia – FEAR of homosexuals, usually linked with hostility towards them. SF this is YOU. You fear something and don’t understand something so your learnt response is to lash out in anger and ignorance. For anyone to grow and move forward with their life they must come to understand their fears and supass them.
I thought SF was joking.
As far as Australia goes, I won’t pretend to understand everything about Aussie culture, but there is a law on the books there banning gay marriage. So there is indeed a homophobic atmosphere in Australia. You may not feel it personally every day, but that doesn’t change the law.
My impression was that Australia was similar to the US – a mix of very enlightened places & really scary places.
I never heard of the guy either, but … yum. He’s sexy. I think we’ve reached a point where an actor can choose to be a ‘gay actor’ or not. Rupert Everett, Rosie, Lance Bass – gay gay gay 24-7 gay. The non-tabloid stars – Portia de Rossi, Neil Patrick Harris, maybe Jodie Foster – seem to be better at being an actor first and gay second.
There are laws in Australia 28 to be exact that hinder the rights of gay Australian. This aside Australia has just voted in a new prime minister after a decade of a prime minister who thinks along the lines of George Bush. Australian attitudes, that were once prejudice are slowly changing, this is evident by the Australian people choice of Prime Minister. A country like Australia which is young and without a defined culture deserves not to be generalised as another America but allowed the time and freedom, to collaberate the many culture that make up Australia’s nation.
i agree with c.r… Australia is not a homophobic country.
i live here. plenty of famous actors and sportsmen and woman have come out and it hasnt affected their careers.
It takes time to change laws. and like c.r said, we now have a new prime minister who hopefully will not kiss george bushes ass and hopefully he will change the law.
WE ARE NOT A HOMOPHOBIC COUNTRY
Thanks Paul it’s nice to have someone from own country to back me and help to stop the generalisation and judgement of Australia,as well as the assosication of Australia with America.
Afterelton drew comparisons to him and John Barrowman so you never know really. I think if he chooses his roles wisely (not basing them on orientation but more on what can stretch him as an actor) he should be fine.
The simple fact that gay Australians do not have the rights of straight Australians would indicate that Australia is a homophobic country at heart. I am Australian and have lived here all my life and while I do not experience personal vilification, the nation as a whole may tolerate gays in certain ways but we are not accepted as an equal member of the Australian society. Hopefully this will change soon.
I applaud Tim Campbell on his decision to speak openly about his sexuality and I hope that he feels he made the correct decision. He deserves a great deal of support.
Tim Campbell is very cute and was a huge star on the highest rating TV show in Australia. His decision to come out, certainly has not hurt his career. He has a new role as a prime-time game show host as well as a presenter on an Australian tourism show. His boyfriend Anthony Callea, who was a runner up in Australian Idol, has the honour of having the highest selling music single in Australian music history (The Prayer) and stars on several music related Aussie TV shows. Like anywhere, Australia has rednecks and Jesus freaks who think their opinions are the only ones that count. Thankfully, times are changing and their views are being recognised for being the outdated & outmoded vilification that it is. Australian people, generally, are a very tolerant and accepting society.
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