Gay rumors are almost inevitable once a celebrity reaches a certain level of fame, so it's no surprise that Michael T. Sterling, rising Atlanta politician and boyfriend of actress and model Eva Marcille, is getting questions about his sexual identity.
What is surprising, though, is how he's choosing to respond. The attorney addressed a report by Media Takeout implying that he's secretly gay with a lengthy Instagram post clapping back against the rumors — but not for the reason you may think.
After MTO insisted that Sterling looked "very comfortable at LGBT events," Marcille's man called the gossip site out for deliberately alienating LGBT allies by spreading false rumors.
"You mean to intimidate and shame me away, as well as other straight men who are like-minded, from supporting the LGBT community, our brothers and sisters in humanity, lest you will attempt to label us as 'gay' ourselves," he writes. "It's an outdated tactic that seeks to divide at a time when we should be supporting one another more than ever. Let me be unequivocal, I will not back down from supporting my brothers and sisters who are LGBT."
Well said, Sterling. Eva is a lucky woman indeed.
Hopefully, being in a mature relationship will mean she can stay away from the drama she experienced while she was with her baby's father, Kevin McCall. Get the latest with BET Breaks, above.