Actor Richard Chamberlain And His Failed Relationship With Partner; Also Revealed Reason For Keeping Gay Sexuality A Secret

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Actor Richard Chamberlain And His Failed Relationship With Partner; Also Revealed Reason For Keeping Gay Sexuality A Secret

Richard Chamberlain, who stole millions of hearts as a devastatingly handsome heartthrob at his times yielded a secret folded deep inside. Famous for appearing in exotic miniseries like The Thorn Birds and Shogun, Chamberlain made sure to keep the secret about his sexuality.

An insight into his past relationship and his reason behind keeping his sexuality under the hat makes up for a fascinating read.

Relationship History: Gay Actor's Failed Relationship With Partner

In a time where homosexuality was still considered as a social issue, Richard was rumored to be romantically involved with American actor Wesley Eure between the time phrase of 1975 to 1976. However, the duo soon persuaded separate paths in life soon after.

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Dr. Kildare star Richard then got married to his longtime partner Martin Rabbett in the year 1984.  Martin is nineteen years junior to Richard and used to serve as Richard’s manager.

Richard Chamberlain with his longtime partner Martin Rabbett. (Photo: FamousFix)

The couple shared a Hawaiian dream home. But, the couple parted ways after around thirty-three years when Richard decided to move back to Los Angeles. A source close to the pair revealed the tabloid about their relationship in his statement,

"Martin served as Richard's manager for years, but getting older and being out in Hawaii for so long, he really didn't have the connections to make a big push for Richard."

Following his separation from his longtime partner Martin, Richard has preferred to maintain a significantly low-key private life.

Reason behind keeping his sexuality private

Richard, who appeared in numerous films and television series seducing many women stayed private about his sexuality for a very long time. Later, in 2003, he revealed his gay sexuality and also stated he was previously afraid to disclose his sexuality.

During an interview with Freerepublic in 2003, when asked for the reason to hide his sexuality, Richard replied-

"Desperately afraid. I used to get chased by hot teenage girls. I got 12,000 fan letters a week. And all the fan magazines would ask me about my love life. And I felt somewhat besieged. But I was good at the game. I felt my career depended on a certain image."

He was worried because he assumed his sexual orientation would ruin his career as he was one of the romantic leading actors at that time.

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Later in 2010, Richard again revealed the reason for keeping his gay life a secret. He said-

“There is still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture. It’s regrettable, it’s stupid, it’s heartless and it’s immoral, but there it is.”

 “For an actor to be working at all is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren’t, so it’s just silly for a working actor to say, “Oh, I don’t care if anybody knows I’m gay” – especially if you’re a leading man. Personally, I wouldn’t advise a gay leading man-type actor to come out.”

However, coming out in open in 2003, Richard has since then been an active advocate to talk about the rights associated with the LGBT community.

Bio Reveals Career Highlights, and Net Worth; Addresses Death Rumors

Eighty-four-year-old Richard Chamberlain has already marked his place in the film industry. Active since 1958, he has a large number of film credits.

Some of Richard's remarkable works include his performance in Dr. Kildare (1961–1966), Sh?gun (1980), The Thorn Birds (1983), The Lady's Not For Burning (1974), The Count of Monte Cristo (1975), The Last Wave (1977), Centennial (1978-1979) and The Bourne Identity (1988).

Previously, some rumors arose regarding Richard's death. But, those rumors subsided when everyone got the note of the truth.

The actor is still going strong today despite his growing age, following his appearance in American horror anthology film Nightmare Cinema, where he did justice to the character of Dr. Mirari in 2018. He has also appeared on the American horror series Twin Peaks in 2017. 

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With his hard work in harnessing his career, he has successfully accumulated a net worth of $20 million. Previously, some rumors arose regarding Richard's death. But, those rumors subsided when everyone got the note of the truth.