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Oscar Winner Joel Grey Comes Out as Gay Man at 82

Oscar Winner Joel Grey Comes Out as Gay Man at 82

Broadway legend Joel Grey has decided to open up about his sexuality.

“I don’t like labels,” the 82-year-old Cabaret Oscar winner told People. “But if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.”

Joel was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, but said, “All the people close to me have known for years who I am. [Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”

He has two children, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey and James, a chef.

“I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man,” Jennifer told the magazine. “Mostly because the more people are free to own their true nature and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, no matter what age, no matter how long it takes, to finally be free of the lies or half truths, it is freedom.”

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  • JO Sarret

    glad for him! my gaydar has done “bip” once for him but again same debate:sorry that a gay man not bi but gay wait the respectable age of 82 to say “here what i am” hey men: we’re in fu…ing 2015 !!!!

  • Tom Kidd

    As an openly gay man let me say “Good for you, Joel Grey!!!”

  • FerCat

    Wonderful person.

  • Curt Noydb

    Was there ever any question he was gay. This is about as ridiculous as people being shocked to find out Liberace was gay.

  • Anon2

    Everyone deserves to be happy, loved for who they are and achieve serenity. Good for you, Mr. Grey!

  • pinkstergal

    I always liked him, and no judgement here. But this is no big surprise. Good for him for finally coming out.

  • Bob Korzuch

    AT 82 he finally comes out as GAY and we applaud him? Come on people, maybe he isn’t getting enough press and thought he would do that announcement to get some. How about we applaud those that have risked their lives, been killed for who they love and those that have stood up for GAY Rights as Mr. Joel Grey hid like a hypocrite to get ahead in life and probably scorned those that fought for those rights in his “Straight Facade” amongst straight Hollywood. Only AFTER people have fought for DECADES for the rights of Gay people everywhere that this lazy COWARD bastard comes out for press for himself and in a safe environment for the most part when he turns 82!!! He is nothing but a COWARD, self serving individual who is all worn out and Grey! We now wants to live in the GAY world, but NEVER wanted to fight for the rights he now feels entitled to.

  • mm366

    Now THAT’S the worst kept secret ever lol. Really thought this was common knowledge even if he was married to a woman with whom he had kids. Seriously, this is not news. Saw him driving once in Beverly Hills and he smiled at me when I waved (like a nut).

  • mm366

    Oops! It wasn’t Beverly Hills. It was in Burbank.

  • mm366

    Shut it up already. Damn! How dare you! You are a jerk who is a know nothing. Risked their lives for gay rights?! Like slaves risking their lives trying to escape to the north or being lynched for simply being black? Like that? No one deserves to be hurt for being themselves but damn it if I get pissed BEYOND when people like you start in on the gays struggle as if its comparable to the plethora of struggles people have endured simply because they weren’t the right race OR sex!

  • mm366

    Thank you! Or Rock Hudson for that matter.

  • uziman

    So… basically, he’s saying, he was the last to know.

  • Jasper Taylor

    He might be a coward but you seem awful. I would much prefer to hang out with Joel Grey.

  • Shelly

    No surprise there!

  • Andrew

    No wonder certain closeted people wait until their 80′s to come out publicly–if I knew I would be greeted by such a diatribe, I’d stay in the closet as well. Who wants to have such vile words directed at them! Save them for the haters and discriminators! Yes, it would have been much nicer had he come out earlier, but for some of his “elderly” fans who continually support Republicans, this might make a difference.

  • DukeF