Rumours that Tom Cruise is secretly gay have followed him around ever since his earliest days in Hollywood, despite there being little substantive evidence that it’s true. However few people have dared to directly ask him about it, except for Cuba Gooding Jr’s father, that is!
During an appearance on tonight Graham Norton Show, Cuba recounted what happened when his dad visited him on the set of Jerry Maguire. Gooding Jr. says, “He gave Tom Cruise a hug and said, ‘I love you man. Now seriously, are you gay or not?’ I almost fainted and thought, please Lord, let me disappear. Tom just laughed and said ‘no’.”
Cuba then jokingly says that he subsequently banned his father from the film set.
Cruise has long dealt with gay rumours and on occasion he’s even sued when men have tried make money by claiming to have slept with him (it should be noted there’s been little evidence the people he sued were telling the truth). Some have suggested he encouraged the rumours when he was a young actor working his way up the fame ladder, but has since been unable to get rid of them, despite marriages to Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes.