When it comes to his personal life, the Bridgerton actor keeps both fans and the media in the dark.
He may, however, have a boyfriend, according to various sources, who claim he’s dating fellow actor James Ellis. Despite the fact that he’s been pictured with Ellis, this rumored romance has yet to be confirmed. Bailey is quite active on social media, but there is no evidence of a love relationship on his Instagram. It’s possible that he simply keeps that aspect of his life private.
“Is there any actor out there that thinks they’re a sex symbol? Cringe!” Bailey exclaimed, leaving no mistake about his feelings on the subject. This isn’t to say he doesn’t want to have a romantic life of his own.
Bailey noted in 2019, upon accepting a Laurence Olivier award for his efforts in the musical Company, “LGBT individuals aren’t all that dissimilar. We’re just as nervous, flawed, and longing to fall in love as the rest of the world.”
James Ellis, a fellow actor who has been referred to as his boyfriend by several newspapers, was his date for that evening’s award presentation. Despite the fact that the couple has never declared their relationship, there have been indicators that they may be dating.
They were seen out grabbing dinner together in July 2021, and they did kiss on the night Bailey won his Olivier Award. Aside from that, the Bridgerton star appears to be fairly private about his personal love life, rarely revealing specifics about who he is dating.
Inside Jonathan Bailey’s Dating Life
Jonathan Bailey is gay, which may come as a surprise to those who only know him as Viscount Bridgerton from the Netflix drama. This is due to the fact that his character is straight in the story. Simone Ashley, who played Kate Sharma on Sex Education, will play the viscount’s new love interest in the upcoming second season.
Bailey has been openly homosexual since 2018, and he recently spoke about what it was like to play a straight role on TV as a gay actor. “I don’t think it should matter what character individuals play,” he told Digital Spy in 2020, “but there is a narrative that’s extremely obvious, that out homosexual men aren’t acting straight in leading roles.”
Bailey, like many other LGBTQ artists, took time to come to terms with his sexuality in a world that rejects it, and then to live his truth openly despite the hardships he knew he would encounter as a result of his sexuality.
He said he once felt pressure to hide his sexuality for his career
Jonathan told GQ in March 2022 that he came out to his family and friends when he was in his early twenties. “At the time [my friend] was informed, ‘There are two things we don’t want to know: if you’re an alcoholic or if you’re gay,'” Jonathan recalls.
“All it takes is one of those people in a position of authority to say something like that, and it ripples through,” Jonathan told the source. “Of course, I had that thinking.” Of course, I thought that being straight would make me happy.”
“I reached a point where I thought, F**k this, I’d much rather be able to hold my boyfriend’s hand in public or be able to put my actual face image on Tinder and not be so anxious about it than getting apart,” he told GQ.