Back story: Aside from the fact that he spells his name “Chace” (puh-leez), Crawford has allegedly been spotted getting comfortable in the steam room at Equinox and was once linked to N’SYNC’s J.C. Chasez. More recently, an article in The New York Observer kinda sorta outed him:
“At a crowded movie premiere in Midtown recently, The Observer witnessed a young movie and TV star—a dashing young man who’s been involved with several starlets despite whispers about his close relationships with other men—sitting for the entire party in close conversation with a well-groomed gent, even as his co-stars circulated. As we passed, the plus-one stared us down, as if to say, “Step off,” or perhaps, “Don’t you dare write about this.”
The piece ended with the line:
“There’s also the simple matter of defusing the knowing laughter of a public that maybe just doesn’t care that much anymore. ‘If you’re in the closet,’ said [Lance] Bass, ‘you get made fun of more than if you just come out!’ If he’s in fact gay, that’s a lesson Chace Crawford—the dashing, engrossed young man at the premiere—may do well to heed.”
Odds Crawford will come out: 1 in 20. At 26, he’s still young enough to make the girls swoon, and score hetero romantic roles in films like What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which means coming out as a man’s man could hurt his career options.