Elliot Page says 'famous a**hole' told him being gay 'doesn't exist'
Elliot Page recalls how a ‘famous a**hole’ told him being gay ‘doesn’t exist’ before adding ‘I’m going to f**k you to make you realize you aren’t gay’
Elliot Page has recalled the ‘famous a**hole’ who told him being gay ‘doesn’t exist’ at a party in Los Angeles back in 2014.
Page, 36, who was once known as Ellen Page and came out as transgender in 2020, recounted the moment in his upcoming memoir Pageboy in a chapter entitled ‘Famous A**hole at Party.’
The person was an actor who Page referred to as an ‘acquaintance’, but his name was never revealed in the book.
In an excerpt obtained by People, Page recalled being told by the actor: ‘You aren’t gay. That doesn’t exist. You are just afraid of men.’
Then, Page claims the actor told him: ‘I’m going to f**k you to make you realize you aren’t gay.’
‘It’s very awful’: Elliot Page has recalled the ‘famous a**hole’ who told him being gay ‘doesn’t exist’ at a party in Los Angeles back in 2014
Several days later, Page ran into the actor at the gym. ‘I don’t have a problem with gay people I swear,’ the actor insisted.
‘I think you might,’ Page replied.
While Page said he was ‘purposely not sharing his name’, he said the interaction was witnessed by many people at the party. ‘But he will hear about this and know it’s him.’
Page included this particular story in the book to shine a light on the realities of what the LGBTQ+ community routinely face.
‘I’ve had some version of that happen many times throughout my life. A lot of queer and trans people deal with it incessantly. These moments that we often like don’t talk about or we’re supposed to just brush off, when actually it’s very awful.
‘I put that story in the book because it’s about highlighting the reality, the s**t we deal with and what gets sent to us constantly, particularly in environments that are predominantly cis and heterosexual.
‘How we navigate that world where you either have more extreme, overt moments like that. Or you have the more, like, subtle jokes. [In Hollywood] these are very powerful people. They’re the ones choosing what stories are being told and creating content for people to see all around the world.’
It’s one of several revelations to have emerged ahead of the book’s June 6 release.
Opening up: Page appears on the cover of People
‘Highlighting the reality’: Page revealed he included this particular anecdote in the story to shine a light on the realities of what the LGBTQ+ community routinely face; pictured November 2022
In excerpts obtained by People, Elliot also revealed he had a secret relationship with Kate Mara after he came out as gay in 2014 – and while the House Of Cards actress was dating Max Minghella.
He also recalled being in a gay bar just a few months before the premiere of his breakout 2008 movie Juno in another excerpt obtained by People.
At the bar he met a woman named Paula, who unwittingly helped him address the feelings of ‘shame’ he had.
Elliot was paid ‘north of $3M’ to write his 288-page tell-all , which Flatiron Books will publish on June 6.
Book deal: Elliot was paid ‘north of $3M’ to write his 288-page tell-all , which Flatiron Books will publish on June 6; pictured 2021
The two-time Emmy-nominated producer came out as a lesbian in 2014 during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Time to Thrive’ conference in Las Vegas.
Elliot kicks off his nine-date international book tour on June 6 at The Town Hall in Midtown Manhattan, and future dates will be announced soon.
It’s unclear if Elliot is still dating non-binary comedian Mae Martin after the pair got matching tattoos and suited up for the 11th Annual LACMA Art + Film Gala on November 5.
Elliot’s divorce from Canadian dancer Emma Portner was finalized in 2021 after two years of marriage.
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