Jonathan Bailey, who struggled with Keeping his sexuality a secret was brave enough to come as gay to his fans in 2018. Without him telling the truth, no one can consider him homosexual.
This truth, however, was known by his close friends and family. Today we will know the story behind his coming out to the public. We will also know how he plays a straight character in Bridgerton and do intimate scenes with women.
Jonathan Bailey First Came Out as Gay to His Family
Only a few gay actors in the world can play “straight man” characters outstandingly. Jonathan Bailey is one of them. If you know Bailey from the series Bridgerton, the news of his coming out might shock you.
The actor knows that he was homosexual when he was between 20 to 23 years old. Before letting the media know about his actual sexual orientation “Wicked” actor came out to his family members and friends first.
Jonathan Bailey Made His Sexuality Public in 2018
It took a long time for the talented actor to speak publicly about his sexual orientation. Although he chose to come out to his closes ones in his 20s, he shared the news of his being gay when he was 30 years old in 2018.
So why did the “Crashing” actor take so long to talk about his sexual label with the media and his fans? One of his gay friends advised him not to go public. That friend, whose name he didn’t mention, said, in media, no one wants to know whether you’re gay or alcoholic.
According to Jonathan, that particular homosexual actor friend said, “There are two things we don’t want to know: if you’re an alcoholic or if you’re gay. All it takes is for one of those people in that position of power to say that, and it ripples through.”
This scared the actor and made him think about his career. But eventually, things were getting hard. He couldn’t live freely without telling the world about his truth. So he finally managed courage in 2018 and came out to the public.
What Inspired Jonathan Bailey To Come Out As Gay to His Fans?
Jonathan Bailey was inspired to take such a big step of coming out for his love. He thought it was better for him to walk around freely holding hands with his man other than acting straight.
Jonathan Bailey told the British GQ, “I reached a point where I thought, ‘F*ck this, I’d much prefer to hold my boyfriend’s hand in public or be able to put my own face picture on Tinder and not be so concerned about that than get a part.”
We know it’s hard to believe, but this is the truth. Now you may be thinking, if Jonathan Bailey is gay, how did he play s*x scenes in the Bridgerton? A little trick saves him from having real s*x with his fellow members.
How Did Jonathan Bailey Play S*x Scenes in the Bridgerton?
In an interview with Radio Times, Jonathan Bailey revealed the trick of making an s*x scene. He said while it seems like the actor and actress have physical intimacy, they are not. There is a barrier between them which is later hidden. With the help of an inflatable ball, the barrier is created.
Jonathan Bailey said, “If two people are doing a s*x scene, the rule is they must have three barriers separating them, and there are certain acts where a half-inflated netball can allow for movement without connecting physically. It’s pretty silly, and we have some hilarious moments, but it makes it less awkward.”
So it’s clear that he is not straight but gay. However, he is filled with talent that does not only play a heterosexual role accurately but can also present it as a heartthrob character.
Straight actors playing gay roles is now a normal thing but gay actors playing straight characters is pretty astonishing. It’s because most gay men fail to provide a masculine attitude.
However, things are different for the super-talented actor Jonathan Bailey. He has been openly gay since 2018, yet he plays a heartthrob character in Bridgerton. He even did physical intimacy scenes while ensuring they were not having s*x in real life.