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Renner: I don’t care about gay rumours

Published 29/06/2015

Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner has no problem with people thinking he’s gay, even though he isn’t.

The Avengers star has daughter Ava with ex-wife Sonni Pacheco but rumours about his sexuality continue to persist online. While the 44-year-old makes it clear in a new interview that he’s straight, he doesn’t view the rumours saying otherwise to be a problem.

“When you Google yourself and the first thing that comes up is ‘Jeremy Renner gay,’ it’s like, ‘Oh, now you’ve arrived. You’re now a giant movie star,’” he told Playboy. “I don’t care, ultimately, if that’s what people want to think, read and care about. F**king say whatever the hell you want about me.”

Jeremy was married to the Canadian model for less than a year before she filed for divorce in December 2014. The former couple welcomed daughter Ava in March 2013, and Jeremy is pleased that his little girl will grow up in a world where being gay isn’t as taboo as it once was. However it does annoy him that if the speculation had been true and he was actually gay, it’s implied it would be a bad thing.

“Look at where we’re at socially—leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That’s an amazing thing. To suggest that it’s negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever—I just don’t get it,” he continued. “Don’t you wish we were in a world where we’re not shaming, judging and boxing people in?”

For now Jeremy is happy being single and spending time with his little girl.

“If anything takes me away and I don’t get to see her, I just won’t do it. I don’t care what you pay me,” he said. “All my energy goes toward her and her well-being. The ultimate challenge on [Mission: Impossible 5] and Avengers: Age of Ultron was that they both shot in London, which took me eleven hours away from Ava. That was what caused any cantankerousness, agitation or negative feelings I had about the whole moviemaking experience.”

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