After sexual abuse allegations were made against Bryan Singer last month, the director opted out of all press for his current projects, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, which hits theaters May 23rd.
Before the scandal broke, however, the director was interviewed by Out magazine, and the in-depth feature has just been published.
In the interview, Singer is candid about his sexuality and the influence it has had on his work. Even though the public has widely assumed he is gay, Singer clarifies that he personally identifies as bisexual.
“I’m quite bisexual,” he states. “In the last five years, I’ve had two girlfriends — one for two years, one for eight months. If you look at the Kinsey Report, human sexuality is so complex. I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer.”
Singer also revealed that even though the X-men storyline appeals to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, he also saw a parallel between the struggles of mutants and those fighting for gay rights.
“There were these outsiders who first discover they’re different as their bodies mature during adolescence. They long to be normal, but instead become scapegoats in a fearful society in which laws are passed to identify and criminalize anyone who is different.”
Singer also claimed this parallel helped convince gay actor and fervent gay rights advocate, Sir Ian McKellen, to initially accept the Magneto role. He also spoke about the visible change he saw in actress Ellen Page after she came out. “She just seemed so much happier and relaxed and talkative, to the point where we all said, ‘Ellen, you seem to be kind of glowing.’ ”
Read the full interview on Out!
Singer’s legal team is currently fighting the abuse charges, which he has called “outrageous, vicious, and completely false.”
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