‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Jim Parsons Comes Out

by | May 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM | The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons of 'The Big Bang Theory' (Photo: CBS)

Jim Parsons, the Emmy-winning scene-stealer from “The Big Bang Theory,” has come out of the closet in a New York Times interview.

In a profile of the actor published Wednesday, Parsons, 39, discusses his current work on Broadway, including his 2011 portrayal of a young gay activist in a production of “The Normal Heart.” Upon mentioning why the play was meaningful to Parsons, the author casually reveals that Parsons is gay.

The reference, clearly not a focus of the piece, appears near the end of the article in a passage that reads:

“‘The Normal Heart’ resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said.”

Whether the subtle line should be declared an “announcement” is already being debated around the web, and the news may not be a surprise to some, but it is the first time Parsons has publicly acknowledged his sexuality. He’s hinted at it previously, such as thanking his longtime partner Todd Spiewak during his Emmy-acceptance speech.

Parsons, who plays socially awkward genius Sheldon Cooper on the hit CBS comedy, is starring in Broadway’s revival of “Harvey” (opening June 14) during his sitcom’s summer hiatus.

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