You might remember last week when things got really awkward at the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for Legend, as Tom Hardy completely shut down a reporter’s question about his sexuality.
Last Saturday, Graeme Coleman from LGBT site ‘Daily Xtra’ asked the 38-year-old about his “ambiguous” sexuality, referring to an interview Hardy did with Attitude magazine in 2008.
Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hardy has spoken out about why he was so offended by the reporter’s question and reluctant to answer.
That really, really annoyed me. It was just the inelegance of being asked in a room full of people. Now I’m happy to have a conversation, a discussion, at a reasonable time about anything. I’m confident in my own sexuality, and I’m also confident in my own being and talking about any issue you want to talk about it. But there is a time and a place for that.
I found it very humiliating for somebody to decide that on his dime and his time, to openly and inelegantly pursue a line of questioning which I could only sense at the moment — which was quite awkward — that it was zeroing in on a reaction from me that would become a topic of discussion that had nothing to do really, really to do with what was there.
Hardy has previously reportedly claimed he’s “played with everything and everyone. But I’m not into men sexually.” He’s also an outspoken supporter for LGBT rights and was apologetic if he caused any offence with his response to the reporter’s question.
It’s so important to the LGBT [community] that people actually feel safe about their sexuality and are able to speak freely and not be stigmatized or feel like they are being pointed out. Why point me out, assuming that I’m gay because I’m ambiguous about it, which I’m very clear if you look into what I’ve said in the past.
I’m quite sensitive and I feel like I’ve let people down for something that I actually didn’t ask for, for something that’s important to a lot of people. Should I come out of the closet when I’m not in one? I ought to maybe come out of the closet, even though that’s a lie, to do the right thing. Or, if I say no, then I’m homophobic? Bless [the reporter], he’s young. But at the same time, it left me feeling like I have to do something about that. And it’s like why? Whose business is it anyway and isn’t that the point?
A fair point from Mr Hardy, I’m sure we can agree. Never stop being you, Tom!