Rob Pattinson’s bisexuality has been the talk of the town for a while now. The Sun journalist and his partner, Bella, attended the St. Barts wedding bash this year as friends and family gathered to celebrate the love between Rob and his partner. However, in an interview with Vanity Fair, the English actor denied that he is bisexual and called the rumors “a complete lie.”
Rob’s publicist declined to comment on the record regarding his sexuality in accordance with company policy, but in an odd turn of events, Rob’s brother James has come out as a bisexual in support of his sibling.
With so much confusion surrounding Rob’s sexual orientation, we decided to do some research and find out what exactly his bisexuality means.
First Off, Let’s Be Clear About Terminology
Before we dive into the details, it’s important to establish some ground rules. There is no exact equivalent for bisexuality in English, so the word comes from Latin and Greek and means, essentially, “two-spirited.”
People who are truly bisexual don’t feel the need to label themselves as such. For them, it is simply a fact of life. However, other people might use the term as a way to explain their sexuality or to fit into a specific category. So, to avoid any misconception, let’s establish three things:
1. Bisexuality is not an orientation, but a description. So, even if you don’t identify as bisexual, that doesn’t mean you are not attracted to people of both genders. It simply means that you don’t feel the need to limit yourself to a specific gender. The more accurately you can describe your attractions, the easier it will be to satisfy your needs. And sometimes, that’s all a person wants.
2. Bisexuality applies to people whose attractions don’t lie only with members of the same sex. Those who are bi-curious might date people of both genders or explore the lifestyle with a partner, but as soon as the attraction becomes exclusive and they start feeling like they want to be with someone of the same gender, they want to make their decision clear. That’s when it becomes a problem.
3. Bisexuality is not a phase – it’s a way of life. A lot of people who are born female feel the need to explore their female side first and then their male side, whereas others might feel the opposite. So, just because a person doesn’t identify as bisexual at the moment doesn’t mean that they won’t eventually come around to it. However, it’s important to be sensitive and don’t assume that they are simply trying to fit in with the cool kids. Like any other part of their identity, the person’s sexuality is something that they have to come to terms with and understand for themselves.
With that out of the way, let’s dive into the details.
What Is Rob Pattinson’s Bisexuality?
Thanks to his brother’s support, we know that Rob is at least partly of Scottish descent. We also know that he was born and raised in England. So, it seems likely that he would identify as bisexual, given the opportunity. We can’t exactly say for sure what his sexual orientation is, but based on the available evidence, it seems safe to assume that he is.
When asked about the rumors of his bisexuality in an interview with Vanity Fair, Rob said, “I’m not sure why I’m being questioned on this. I’ve never, ever called myself bisexual in my entire life. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it’s true.”
As we’ve established, being labeled bisexual does not mean that you have to be into men and women or vice versa. So, it really isn’t that much of a contradiction. However, it’s probably safe to assume that Rob is exploring the idea of being with both genders, given his comment about never calling himself bi-curious. It is also possible – though, highly unlikely – that he really is heterosexual and feels that he just doesn’t fit into the category of LGBTQ people. After all, there aren’t many famous heterosexual celebs who are open about their sexuality.
Is It A Choice?
Even if you aren’t sure about your sexuality, you still have a choice in the matter. No one is forcing you to feel one way or the other and, therefore, no one has the right to tell you that you are bisexual. If you don’t want to be labeled, just because you were born with a Y chromosome doesn’t mean that you have to identify as gay. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one or the other. You are a person, not a category and you get to decide what you identify as.
Is It Political?
Being bisexual doesn’t mean that you have to be political or that you agree with everything associated with the LGBTQ community. Just because you aren’t married with children doesn’t mean that you have to be anti-family. And, again, just because you were born with a Y chromosome doesn’t mean that you have to be a part of the feminist movement. So, please, don’t assume that someone’s bisexuality is an indication of how they feel about other issues. It’s not.
The Evolution Of A Bisexual
Let’s be frank. If we’re talking about the evolution of a biochemist, we’re probably talking about the evolution of a bisexual. After all, it takes a while for your sexual orientation to develop and, historically, bisexuality has existed in all cultures and throughout all times. So, it’s only natural that a lot of famous people would identify as such. But that doesn’t mean that they have to.
In the 2019 documentary, Born in the USA, Jesse Owens, the legendary American athlete, is shown struggling with his bisexuality. As a child, Jesse was determined to fit in with the other boys and, as a result, spent a lot of time with them. But, as he got older, he realized that he was more comfortable with girls and, eventually, with women. Although, just because he is comfortable with both genders doesn’t mean that he is necessarily bisexual, it’s understandable that he would identify as such because of where he was raised. The United States, especially the East Coast, was heavily influenced by the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
So, if you want to be like Jesse Owens and evolve into a comfortable bisexual, it might be a good idea to follow in his footsteps. Don’t be afraid to explore your LGBTQ side, but also make sure to develop your masculinity. In short, embrace who you are and don’t be afraid to show it.