Rupert Everett caused a minor upset a few days ago over comments he made about families with two fathers. The gay celeb told the Sunday Times, “[My mother] still wishes I had a wife and kids. She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her. I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads. Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That’s just my opinion. I’m not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community.’ The only community I belong to is humanity and we’ve got too many children on the planet, so it’s good not to have more.”
Now he’s been defending those comments. When asked about them during an appearance on This Morning, he said, “The good news on this is I’m not applying for any sort of public office. I don’t want to be a (Member of Parliament), I don’t want to be in a council, I don’t want to be the head of (actors’ union) Equity. I’m just an individual with my own life and the things I want to do myself.
“I’m not against anybody doing anything… I’m not one of those people who wants to say, ‘Oh no, you can’t do that, you have got to pull the clocks back.’ Just I, personally, feel like that… I have loads of friends, gay friends, with children… I am not big into marriage, straight or gay, to be honest. I am very out of kilter with the rest of the world, I realise.”
Everett has long had a history of saying what he thinks, which has sometimes gotten him into trouble. Indeed, while he’s said before he feels that coming out stymied his Hollywood career, the fact he’s a bit of a livewire is just as likely to be the reason tinsel town has always been a little wary of him.