Jim Parsons 'proposed to boyfriend'
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star Jim Parsons, who has for the first time publicly acknowledged that he is gay, proposed to his partner after winning his first Emmy in 2010, according to reports.
He was revealed to be gay in a New York Times profile
published on Wednesday. It is the first public acknowledgment of Jim's sexuality, which also revealed that the actor was in a 10-year relationship.
While the identity of his partner has not been confirmed, gay website Queerty
cites a September 2010 article from The National Enquirer which claims that the TV star, who plays the asexual geek Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory
, proposed to his partner, Todd Spiewak, after winning the Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy in August that year.
Jim thanked Todd onstage during his acceptance speech at the 2010 Emmys. Christmas wedding
The Enquirer also reported that the couple planned a Christmas wedding in Massachusetts that year, but their engagement has since allegedly been called off because Parsons doesn't want children, according to Huffington Post
These claims have not been confirmed nor denied by Jim and representatives, who have continually declined to speak about their client's sexuality and private life, according to gay gossip site AfterElton
In the New York Times article, which sheds light on Jim's upcoming role on Broadway in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey
, the author Patrick Healy writes: "Mr Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship", and does not quote Jim directly on the subject.
Jim, 39, won acclaim in 2011 for playing a gay man in the Broadway play The Normal Heart
, a drama about the Aids epidemic in 80s-era New York, and will star in a big screen adaptation of the play
opposite Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts - which is set for release in 2014.