I’m no fan of George Clooney; he’s not a very good actor, bland in (most of) his movies and smug in his personal appearances.
That said, in one aspect, he is far superior to many celebrities. He remains pretty upfront about wanting to remain single. He doesn’t dissemble for the sake of his image. I had heard that he tells his girlfriends not to believe the media hype about their relationships and to trust instead to his own commitment to avoid attachment. He doesn’t want to lead them on, encouraging them to enjoy dating, but not to get their hopes up about marriage.
On that score, he’s a man of integrity.
It is perhaps his reluctance to marry and his single status which has lead some to speculate about his sexuality. But, the guy isn’t gay. That said, the rumors don’t bother him:
He’s long been the subject of rampant tabloid speculation over his sexuality, but George Clooney says he doesn’t mind.
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“I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, ‘These are lies!’ That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community,” Clooney said. “I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a sh*t.”
It’s commentary like this that make me warm to the guy a bit. He wants to keep his private life private (which is at it should be) — and is content enough with his own life that he doesn’t care what other people say about him — an indifference to which we all should aspire.