In an interview Bryan Singer gave to the gay and lesbian publication Out shortly before bombshell accusations dropped last month alleging that he sexually assaulted an underage boy in the 1990s, the X-Men: Days of Future Past director declares that he's bisexual.
Singer, 48, explains to the magazine that he had struggled with his sexuality as a teen and had even seen a therapist to explore the issues.
But he says he didn't think his sexual identity issues were the problem. "My sexuality is not what is tearing me up inside," he recalls about that period in his life. "I'm in love and he doesn't love me back and it's killing me. I need relationship advice!" At the time he was involved with a male friend who was far less confident in his identity.
Today, Singer said he's comfortable with his sexuality, although he doesn't consider himself exclusively gay. "I'm quite bisexual. In the last five years, I've had two girlfriends -- one for two years, one for eight months. Talking about human sexuality is like talking about the second World War. If you look at the Kinsey Report, human sexuality is so complex."
He added: "And the reason I've never talked about it to the press -- until now -- is because sexuality is so complex. To have a real conversation about it, you really want to have the person you're talking to in front of you. In the end, it's probably going to be a guy. I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I'm happy to say I'm gay, too, if it's a one-syllable, easy answer."
Singer also spoke about the recent decision by X-Men: Days of Future Past actress Ellen Page to come out as a lesbian. "She just seemed so much happier and relaxed and talkative, to the point where we all said, 'Ellen, you seem to be kind of glowing.'"
Out magazine made clear that its story went to press just as the lawsuit was filed that cites the sexual assault allegations, which Singer has denied and called "outrageous, vicious and completely false."