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Kal Penn Has Come Out As Gay And Revealed He's Engaged

Stewart Perrie


Kal Penn Has Come Out As Gay And Revealed He's Engaged

Kal Penn has revealed he's gay and engaged to his boyfriend of 11 years.

The Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle star kept his sexuality private for more than a decade and explained why he didn't tell the world sooner.

In his new memoir, You Can't Be Serious, the actor-turned-White House official said: "I've always been very public with everybody I've personally interacted with. Whether it's somebody that I meet at a bar, if Josh and I are out or we're talking to friends.

"I'm really excited to share our relationship with readers.

"But Josh, my partner, my parents, and my brother, four people who I'm closest to in the family, are fairly quiet. They don't love attention and shy away from the limelight."

Credit: New Line Cinema
Credit: New Line Cinema

He revealed the two met while he was working for the Obama Administration.

Josh brought an 18-can pack of beer to watch NASCAR for their first date and even though Kal had his reservations, they seemed to stick.

He recalled in his book: "I thought, 'This obviously is not going to work out'.

"I have one day off from The White House and this dude is unironically watching cars go around and make left turns? Next thing you know, it's been a couple months and we're watching NASCAR every Sunday. I'm like, 'What is happening?'"

He didn't realise he was gay until later in life and explained his inner circle has been very supportive of his journey.

"There's no timeline on this stuff. People figure their s**t out at different times in their lives, so I'm glad I did when I did," he said.

Credit: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection/Alamy Live News
Credit: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection/Alamy Live News

"I shared things with my parents and close friends first. I know this sounds jokey, but it's true: When you've already told your Indian parents and the South Asian community that you intend to be an actor for a living, really any conversations that come after that are super easy.

"They're just like, 'Yeah, okay.' I felt very supported by everyone. That's a wonderful thing. I know everybody has different experiences with that and so I definitely feel very fortunate."

He's now in the middle of trying to organise his and Josh's wedding and is looking forward to people reading his book to find out about other aspects of his life.

"The whole point of writing this book was for the reader to feel like we're having a beer together," he said.

"I thought, if we're supposed to feel like we're having a beer together, then I want to take you into my stories and I want you to experience them with the same joy that I've experienced them.

"That was the way that my friends have met my parents and Josh, as they've gotten to know them over the last 10 years."

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity

Stewart Perrie
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