Being raised by gay parents in this day and age is very common in the United States; between six to 14 million children live in a household with a least one gay parent. For many celebrities out there, growing up with one or two gay parents gave them a wider perspective of things, which aided them in the real world. We take a look at 12 celebrities that were raised by gay parents.
The first person featured on this list was inspired to become a Golden Globe-nominated actress after being in awe her mom’s theatre performances as a kid.
12. Jena Malone
Jena Malone, who gained a ton of praise for her 1996 film debut Bastard Out of Carolina, was raised by her mother and her mother’s girlfriend. The actress stated that this upbringing helped her see things differently. She took an interest in acting after watching her mom perform at the local theatre.
11. OJ Simpson
Before dealing with a massive whirlwind of legal troubles leading to jail time, football player OJ Simpson grew up in San Francisco, California with his father Jimmie, who was a popular drag queen in the area. Sadly, his father died from AIDS in 1986.
While OJ’s father proudly displayed his sexuality, this next celeb’s father lived in fear because of it.
10. Robert de Niro
Robert De Niro’s parents got a divorce after his father Robert De Niro Sr. announced that he was gay. Growing up, the iconic actor had no clue about his father’s sexuality. De Niro honored his late father with the documentary short Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.
9. Anne Heche
Anne Heche made headlines in the ’90s with her relationship with comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Her father tried to keep his gay lifestyle a secret until his death from AIDS in 1983. Unfortunately, Heche has a horrid childhood with her father sexually assaulting her from the time she was born until she was 13 years old.
This next individual wrote a book about living with a gay parent.