The Avengers: Age of Ultron star is opening up about the rumors that he's gay

By Maria Coder
Updated June 29, 2015 06:15 PM
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Jeremy Renner says he knew he’d made it when he Googled himself and “the first thing that comes up is ‘Jeremy Renner gay.’ ”

“It’s like, ‘Oh, now you’ve arrived. You’re now a giant movie star,’ ” he quips in the July/August issue of Playboy.

Jokes aside, the Avengers: Age of Ultron star speaks candidly about rumors that he’s gay in the new interview.

“I don’t care [if people think I’m gay] … Look at where we’re at socially – leaps and bounds ahead of where we started,” he says. “That’s an amazing thing. To suggest that it’s negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever – I just don’t get it. Don’t you wish we were in a world where we’re not shaming, judging and boxing people in?”

Renner, 44, who is in the process of getting divorced from his wife of less than a year, actress-model Sonni Pacheco, also opens up about how difficult it is for him to be away from their 2-year-old daughter, Ava. (The ex-couple currently share custody of their daughter.)

“I see anything that takes me away from my daughter, whether it’s something good like making Mission: Impossible 5 or something bad like my divorce, as a distraction and an obstacle,” he explains.

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Renner adds that his daughter has made it much easier for him to decide which roles to take. “Now, if anything takes me away and I don’t get to see her, I just won’t do it. I don’t care what you pay me. All my energy goes toward her and her well-being.”

The actor also says his Los Angeles home will eventually “be my daughter’s place in the future.”

“I own it now, but Ava owns me,” he says.