Who was Leslie Jordan's partner? Late actor claimed he had dated 'straight boys' for years

Who was Leslie Jordan's partner? Late actor claimed he had dated 'straight boys' for years
Leslie Jordan had become an online sensation with his Instagram posts during the Covid-19 pandemic (Handout/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Leslie Jordan, best known for playing Beverly Leslie in 'Will & Grace,' 'Sordid Lives,' 'American Horror Story,' 'The Help,' and several TV shows and films, was a gay icon. The late actor, 67, who died in a car accident on October 24, 2022, had once said that he basically portrays exaggerated versions of himself. His characters are often flamboyant, sassy, and extremely out and proud of being homosexual.

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According to a Page Six report, Jordan used to despise himself for being gay but towards the later part of his life, he was proud of his sexual orientation and gained popularity on Instagram for sharing amusing stories of his life. The 'Call Me Kat' actor, who became an online sensation with his Instagram posts during the pandemic, had told the portal that his upbringing in a religious household in 1950s Tennessee had ingrained in him homophobia and self-loathing.

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“If you’re born homosexual, it’s not a choice,” said Jordan, who also released a book of essays called 'How Y’All Doing?'. “I think for myself when you know something in your heart and you’re [told] that’s just wrong … I talk to a lot of my gay friends and I say it’s a wonder we’re even alive!' he said, adding that, “I’m a happy person but when you grow up with a secret and there’s a lot of inner turmoil,” he said. “I wouldn’t change anything for having gone through that because it’s made me the person I am today.”

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He added that because he had so much internalized homophobia and self-hatred, he had turned to alcohol to put his problems away, his sober path was also a trip into his "queerdom." Jordan left church as a child due to its anti-homosexuality teachings, but strongly having the faith that God created him and that he was no mistake was another step in his self-acceptance.

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Leslie Jordan's love life

Jordan had always been fairly private about his romantic life and several sources report that he was single as early as 2021. In fact, in a 2021 interview with Andy Cohen Jordan claimed that he'd never even been on a date before. “I am perfectly content being single,” Jordan said. “I am so set in my ways. I’m going to tell you the honest-to-God truth — I have never been on a date. Like, where you come pick me up and take me somewhere. My generation, we didn’t do that. There were a lot of bars. You headed out, you went here, and you went there. But, I don’t remember ever going on a date.”

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Who was Leslie Jordan's partner?

He had previously said to Cheatsheet that he had dated "straight boys" for a number of years, including one for 10 years. According to him, his partner was 20 years younger than him and was smitten with him as he had a fetish for silver-haired men. "It was an online thing for a long time. He flew to LA three days before I left for London. After three days he asked me to marry him and I will." Jordan promised his partner that he would spend 30 days in London and that they could come back and see if things changed. However, they never wed.

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Jordan died on October 24 after he crashed his car into a tree in Hollywood according to TMZ. Firefighters responding to reports of a collision between Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street discovered Jordan, 67, "pulseless and non-breathing" in a grey automobile. He was declared dead at the scene at 9:38 a.m., according to officials. Jordan may have experienced "some sort of health emergency," according to his representative, which led to his losing control of the car.

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