Kal Penn Reveals Sexuality, Announces Engagement to His Partner of 11 Years


    Kal Penn Reveals Sexuality, Announces Engagement to His Partner of 11 Years

    Kal Penn surprised everyone this week by not only publicly coming out as gay, but also announcing that he’s engaged and busy planning a wedding to his partner of 11 years, Josh.

    In his new memoir out on Tuesday, You Can’t Be Serious, the actor recounts how he and Josh met and fell in love while he was living in Washington, D.C. “I’ve always been very public with everybody I’ve personally interacted with,” Penn told People about their relationship. “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.”

    But the former Obama White House staffer added that it was important to him to share this side of himself and be as honest as possible with his readers, while still respecting his family’s desire for privacy. “Figuring out the narrative [in the book], of how to respect who they really are, with telling my story — that includes: my work life, both in Hollywood and DC, it includes my love life with Josh and how we met, it includes my parents, to the extent that I’m willing to share stories about their upbringing,” he says. “So that was the most important thing for me. I wanted my story to be authentic from my perspective and told in a way that makes you feel like you really get to know me.”

    In the book, Penn recalls that his and his fiancé’s first date didn’t seem destined for success after Josh arrived at his apartment carrying an 18-pack of Coors Light and immediately turned the TV to NASCAR. “I thought, ‘This obviously is not going to work out,’” he said. “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?’ I wanted the reader to enjoy the love and the humor through all of those stories.”

    He concludes, “The whole point of writing this book was for the reader to feel like we’re having a beer together. 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.”

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    Published at Mon, 01 Nov 2021 15:17:06 +0000


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