British stage and television actor Sir Patrick Stewart responded with good humour to being mistakenly outed as gay by The Guardian earlier this week. In a story about Canadian actress Ellen Page coming out of the closet, journalist Jane Czyzselska wrote, “Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page’s coming out speech is newsworthy,” in reference to a supportive comment Stewart sent Page via Twitter.
Stewart, who is not gay, married his wife, Sunny Ozell, last year. The wedding ceremony was performed by Stewart’s friend and frequent co-star, notably gay actor Ian McKellen.
“But @guardian I have, like, five or even SEVEN hetero friends and we totally drink beer and eat lots of chicken wings!”Stewart posted, followed by, “Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change . . . at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again.”