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Prison Break's Wentworth Miller Comes Out as Gay

Prison Break's Wentworth Miller Comes Out as Gay

Wentworth Miller has come out as gay man in an open letter denying an invitation to a film festival in Russia.

“Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes,” the 41-year-old Prison Break actor said in a letter (via GLAAD). “However, as a gay man, I must decline.”

“I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” Wentworth continued. “The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly. Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice.”

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  • RED

    knew it… my radar never fails me

  • http://jared godlike

    Duh comes out now with dead career now

  • EndOfTime

    Finally lol Everybody already knew it but good for him

  • Elodieee

    Well… It’s not like it wasn’t known that he was gay?

  • you


    good for you!!!

    he’s YUM.

  • sdf

    Lmao, KNEW IT!

  • Yohji

    Now this is a coming out I don’t think many people saw coming. Most of the people saying “knew it” are lying.

  • Adriana

    Yay! I’m happy that he finally felt he could/should live freely. No more hiding who he really is. :)


    Good for him!!!! More closeted actresses, actors and entertainers need to stop pretending to be someone they are not and be proud of who they are.

  • Daphne

    Okay, so I direct this question to everyone. Who else is gay? I really don’t know.

  • Jo

    good for him

  • Simon

    There is a God…
    But seriously I completely support him and his decision to come out lol.

  • Elodieee

    @godlike: …dead career? Miller turned to screenwriting and he wrote Stoker produced by Ridley Scott, and he is in the works on another writing gig. His career is fine.

  • matt

    next : Bradley cooper, Dicaprio, Theroux, Clooney, Reener,

  • Terri

    Good for him. Free at last!

  • katie

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! :(

  • Dean MacKinnon-Thomson

    Excellent news!

    As Stephen Fry said the other day, despots like the Kremlin jobsworths hate to be inconvenienced. And boycotting the cultural output of Herr Putin’s autocracy-land denies him what he wants most: namely the respect he imagines being a hardman will earn him in the west.

  • BillyD

    Wow, did not see this coming. Always thought he was cute, but never suspected. My radar must have been broken. But congrats to him for standing up and being counted.


    gay and black…he won the lottery

  • Red Head

    Good for him!

  • sillyme

    Actually, Yohji, it wasn’t a secret. The surprise would have been if he came out as STRAIGHT. Still, the hypocrisy just amazes me. This guy works in a state where the mostly Democrat voters UNANIMOUSLY voted AGAINST gay marriage, yet I didn’t see him and all these other Hollywood celebs who support gay marriage threatening to boycott the state. What’s the term, “selective outrage”?

  • Kirsten

    I always knew this and I applaud him for coming out. He is such an intelligent and handsome man.

  • GGGive

    beautiful statement

  • Candace

    This is not new news… he has been out for awhile now… :)

  • alexandrina

    next coming out : 1D (all of them), Bradley Cooper, Leo Dicaprio, Ryan Gosling, ..

  • Erika


    His career is dead? LOL he’s turned to screenwriting and currently has 5 projects in development. 1 being produced by Tom Hanks & Oprah Winfrey, 1 at Fox Searchlight, 1 with Trudie Styler atMaven. 1 at relativity Media, 1 with Nicolas Chartier at Voltage.

    His career is more than ‘just fine’!

    And good for him for declining the invite to the St. Petersburg Int’l FF!

  • Sam

    Yes, Katie, because if he was straight you may have had a chance…

  • aquarius64

    @HMMMMM: That’s true, but the problem is if that actor promoted himself as a sex symbol and became wealthy because of that false image there would be a backlash and a dried up career. How many important gigs Lance Bass is getting now? Ricky Martin is not getting a lot of high profile work these days. Neil Patrick Harris & Elton John came out (or been out) but they never sold themselves as a woman’s fantasy. It seems as if to come out and keep a career in Hollywood you better have an exceptional talent and never have sold yourself as every woman’s dream man. It doesn’t sound fair but it is what it is.

  • allyaia

    @matt:Don’t forget Gyllenfaker

  • Sophia

    I knew it! Still really hot though.

  • dd

    now we wait for George Clooney to come out….

  • Sayer

    Worst kept secret in Hollywood.

  • Jennifer

    Good for him – all the hottest, classy and inteligent guys are. Straight guys can’t compare. Why are we letting a 3rd world country host the Olympics – what idiot allowed that to happen? I say Ian Somerhalder or Henry Cavill are next.

  • Sayer

    Can Fabio come out of the closet, please?

  • Truther

    Bradley Cooper is a gay leaning bisexual.
    Jeremy Renner is gay
    George Clooney is a solid Bisexual
    Jake Gyllenhall is bisexual
    Henry Cavill is bisexual but leans more to the gay side sexually

  • tl

    @Truther: “leans more to the gay side….uh, yeah the bottom.


    @sarah: Colton Haynes acting straight on tv is so distracting …he can’t hide it at all

  • sarah

    next ones in line : Lee Pace, Luke Evans and maybe Colton Haynes (if he can eventually grow some bal*s)

  • harry

    I think Gyllenhaal is a closeted gay like Rock Hudson was years ago. He doesn’t want his movie career to go down the toilet.

  • Daphne

    @Truther: I like your analysis. It’s amazing how Clooney can keep the rumors pretty much at bay.

  • Akari Life

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I had a major crush on him. He was too sexy. Darn :’(

  • Whatever

    And to ALL the JJ readers who said “no he’s not, you don’t know what you’re talking about” I say TOLD YOU. Told you TWO YEARS AGO he is gay.

  • Jack S.

    Wow, I’m gay and I never suspected. My gaydar must be broken. But I applaud Wentworth…….good for him!!!

  • lola

    Very classy and on point, thank you so much Wentworth !

  • jordson


    i believe he´s or bi!! =D

  • Meena

    @Jennifer: Chris Pine and Chris Evans.

  • Next

    One word: Dicaprio

  • Wet for Went

    I’m still wet…and VERY proud.

  • So So Many

    There are so many gay and/or bi actors. Most stay in the closet because even though it is 2013 a lot of people can’t accept the fact that their leading men are that way.

  • kami

    i thought he was already out.