On the trail of a Keanu Rumor
It all started with Wolfboy, though it probably didn't help when London's tabloids "The Daily Mirror" ran out of Princess Diana stories. Two seemingly unrelated events seperated by ten years helped fuel fires of a worldwide rumor that Keanu Reeves is gay. "I'm either on drugs, gay or married to David Geffen," Keanu once sighed in response he'd heard or read about himself. As far as what is actualy true, "NONE of it," he says firmly.
So how did the rumors begin? The seed for this story was planted in 1984, when a struggling actor Keanu, freshly arrived in L.A, landed a role in Wolfboy, a stage play with sexual and homosexual themes. (For example, one sceen featured Wolfboy killing Keanu with a passionate bite to the neck.) Those themes along with suggestive publicity shots that would make even your neighborhood bully blush, were never forgotten by some of Keanu's earliest fans----or the press.
Fast forward to a decade later, when "The Daily Mirror" stumbled onto a rumor about Keanu romancing gay music billionaire David Geffen. Wheather the tabloids were trying to verify this rumor or make up the whole thing, the paper reported on August 30, 1994 that Keanu and David had been seen "painting the town red at parties and going on wild shopping sprees." Never minding that Keanu and David had never even met each other, and to our knowledge still never have. Enough people believed the story that the news of the affair spread in excited whispers thoughout Europe until December 14, 1994, when a French newspaper reported that David and Keanu had been married by a rabbi in a Los Angeles area restaurant.
Thus the gossip games began. Despite a reporter in another English paper identifying the rumor as just that, a well respected American entertainment industry publication mentioned the so-called marriage. It wasn't long before prestigious magazines thoughout the U.S. and Canada jumped the story.
"For a long time when people would ask me [if im gay] I would say that, 'It's none of your business,'" Keanu told one of Bop's international correspondents. "I was amazed because it seemed so ridiculous. Then the rumors started to take on a life of it's own, so that's why I started adressing it."
There were other factors that helped the gossip grow, of course. Keanu is still very single, and his younger sister Kim has observed that he's had only one real relationship with a woman, "a on again off again thing that lasted about a year." Kim also says that he seldom romances women cause he is so shy, and if he thinks there is no future in a relationship with a potential date why bother going out? Meanwhile Keanu's family and friends insist that he is anxious for the day he meets Miss Right. That might be a long day coming: Rumors declaring that the shy actor is only attracted to men isn't likely to help him meet a woman any faster!