Patrick Stewart isn't gay, but a British newspaper said he is
Despite the above statement being generally accepted as the truth, British newspaper the Guardian identified the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor as homosexual on Monday (Feb. 17).
The erroneous statement appeared in an article discussing Ellen Page's coming-out speech a few days before. In talking about celebrity opinions on this announcement, the Guardian wrote:
"Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page's coming out speech is newsworthy."
That would be fine, except Stewart isn't actually gay. Actually the actor recently married Sunny Ozell (a woman). How did the mistake happen? Other than the typo explanation, there's the fact that Stewart is best buddies with Sir Ian McKellen, an openly gay actor. The two are such good friends that McKellen even officiated Stewart's wedding.
The mistake might have angered some, but it seemed to amuse Stewart. As he so often does when anything interesting happens, the actor took to Twitter to express his feelings.
Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change...at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again.-- Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 18, 2014
In all fairness, the Guardian updated its article within a day and noted that the correct sentence should have been:
"Some people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page's coming out speech is newsworthy."