“White Collar” star Matt Bomer thanked his partner and children while accepting a humanitarian award over the weekend, a seemingly innocuous (and completely sweet) statement. But it also confirmed what has been speculated on for some time: He’s gay.
While accepting a Steve Chase Humanitarian Award from the Desert AIDs Project, Bomer said, “I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.”
Bomer has been photographed with his partner, publicist Simon Halls, and three children in the past. OK! magazine recently published a short interview with the actor, where Halls was identified as his partner.
However, the actor has declined to go on the record about his private life in the past. When asked by Details in 2010 about speculation he was gay, Bomer replied, “I don’t care about that at all. I’m completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life.”
He added, “I have a network and a show riding on my shoulders. I would say a big difference between my character and me is that I can be too trusting. And I’ve realized in this business, that’s not necessarily the smartest thing to be.”
It seems the Desert AIDS Project isn’t happy that Bomer’s acceptance speech has been used to declare the actor has “come out.” A self-identified “White Collar” fan tweeted, “Why not ‘congrats Matt Bomer for winning humanitarian award from @DesertAIDS’ instead of ‘look who’s come out’ which was not the intention.” The Project replied, “Seriously! That is definitely the more important message than what the media is running with.”
In addition to his gig on USA’s hit show “White Collar,” Bomer will guest star on “Glee” as Blaine Anderson’s brother and star alongside Channing Tatum in “Magic Mike.” He has also been cast in the film adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” a Tony Award-winning play about the early days of the HIV-AIDS epidemic in New York.
See video of his acceptance speech here.