Kathmandu (Pahichan) July 6 – Sir Ian McKellen has opened up about his life in the closet. In a new interview, the Gandalf actor revealed he had never visited a gay bar until he was 50-years-old.
The comments come in a new video for Pride in London – alongside Union J singer Jaymi Hensley and YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf.
“Were there gay bars, were there places you could go and find guys and have fun?”
“No sooner was I in London than I was hitched up with a friend and lived in a monogamous marriage, really.”
He added: “I didn’t see why we needed gay rights, why we needed gay bars.
“If I went out in the evening I went round to somebody’s house, you know.
“I was living the life of a straight man who was gay, actually.”
McKellen later went on to found UK LGBT rights charity Stonewall in the mid-1980s, which he says was in a bid to help “me when I was a boy”.
And it turned out, despite decades hiding his sexuality, they really weren’t so surprised.
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