For most celebrities, being in the spotlight means sacrificing a chunk of their private lives to public scrutiny and being open to all forms of speculations, whether true or not. Kathy Bates has had a lot of media topics centered on her personal life and one of the lots borders around her sexuality. Hence, questions like are Kathy Bates gay? have remained prevalent.
Kathy is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished actresses. In her over forty years career in the film industry, she has been widely celebrated, receiving several nominations and awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Academy Award for her role as Annie Wilkes in Misery. In September 2016, she had a star dedicated to her on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
For a veteran screen icon who knows a thing or two about success, fans have desired a little more of her than she could’ve been willing to give out. Their attention has always been on her romantic life and whether or not she is in a relationship or if indeed she’s gay as it was being rumored in some quarters.
Kathy has always been quite good in her roles in movies where she had to play a lesbian partner. These instances have, though not surprising, given rise to speculations about her sexuality. So, is Kathy Bates gay or in a relationship with a man? Let’s find out.
Is Kathy Bates Gay?
When one continually lends their voice to and associates themselves with a particular subject matter, it seems only natural that speculations as to why such an interest exists will rise.
When Bates landed her lesbian role in the movie Tammy alongside Sandra Oh of Grey’s Anatomy, it became her third time doing so. Previous roles had been in the movies Fried Green Tomatoes, her 1991 girl drama-comedy for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination, and, Primary Colors in I998, through which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
In a now-famous interview she granted Pride Source in 2014, Bates revealed how, despite growing up a Methodist, she had gone to college and made many friends, most of who were gay.
She also revealed how acting at an all-lesbian party was actually a lot of fun, how she enjoyed acting lesbian with Sandra Oh in Tammy, how she thought her kissing scene with co-star Stacy Edwards in Primary Colors was memorable and how she’d love it to be Uma Thurman if she were to choose a partner for a fourth lesbian movie role.
But that’s not all. In June 2016, a video released by the Human Rights Campaign to pay tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando Gay Nightclub shooting, captured Bates rallying with others.
Her affiliation with the gay community both on-screen and off-screen has led many to speculate about her sexuality, but she isn’t gay and in fact, dated many people from the opposite sex while in college. She also went ahead to marry Tony Campisi in April 1991 and they were together for 6 years.
Is Kathy Bates In A Relationship, With Who?
Kathy’s marriage to her husband Tony Campisi ended in 1997 after six years together. Tony, like Kathy, is also a popular personality in Hollywood following his works in such films as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Spiderman 2. He even shared the screen with Kathy in a 1993 film titled A Home of Our Own.
For a while, her relationship status was not known, however, in 2006, she began dating Rodrigo Semporaci. They were together for 3 years before calling it quits in 2009.
Currently, she lives alone, but rumor has it that she is seeing someone named Bernard Hill.
What is Her Salary and Net Worth?
With all that fame, accolades and success, it is only expected that it reflects financially in the life of the one who’s enjoying the privileges. Kathy Bates’ net worth is estimated to be $32 million. This, she has earned from her longstanding years as an actress in the movie industry, and as one with a large heart, most of her wealth is donated to various charities and causes.