Zac Efron has given an interview to The Advocate, his first interview to the gay press, in which he discusses those gay rumors that follow him as persistently as starfuckers:
"I don’t like to live in fear about things like rumors and backlash to begin with — that’s the way I was raised — but I just can’t see what’s so wrong about being gay."
Of his gay following, Zac—whom I can tell you has always been gay-friendly (see one of our photos together back when High School Musical was hitting)—Zac says:
"It's very flattering. After High School Musical and Hairspray, I’ve always felt embraced by the gay community, and I feel incredibly grateful and honored. This is actually a very special interview for me. I’m extremely aware of the support I’ve gotten from you guys over the years, and it’s amazing that it’s taken this long to sit down and actually discuss it, but please know that it hasn’t gone unappreciated. I’m so excited to be talking to you."
Zac remains one of my all-time favorite performers I worked with when I edited a teen magazine. He started out as a "mascot" for us—someone I put in way, way early just because we all thought he was adorable and had star quality. Who knew? We did! But still, we were pleasantly surprised when he blew up. Just wrote a long piece about him in my autobiographical book of short stories. (Does that sound more palatable than memoir?)