Jeremy Renner: I'm Not Gay, So Stop Asking!

Celebrity News Apr. 4, 2012 AT 4:29PM
Actor Jeremy Renner attends the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 19, 2011 in New York City. Actor Jeremy Renner attends the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 19, 2011 in New York City. Credit: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Jeremy Renner is tired of the whispers about his sexual orientation.

In his Hollywood Reporter cover story, The Avengers actor, 41, addresses longstanding rumors that he's secretly in the closet. "I want my personal life to be personal, and it's not f-cking true," he says. "And I don't care if you're talking about things that are true, you're still talking about my personal life."

Renner then gets heated, saying: "How about I go peek in your window, take what underwear you wore last night, whose husband you were f-cking, and shove that in the megaphone throughout your neighborhood? How does that feel?"

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The actor recalls a time when he was called a "f-g" for wearing a scarf at a bar on Christmas Eve several years ago. "This guy chokes me with the scarf I was wearing," Renner says. "Then he shoved my sister and I got behind him and I choked him out -- put him to sleep."

Though he doesn't like talking about his personal life, Renner does touch upon his four-year relationship with ex Jess Macallan (who is now married to actor Jason Gray-Stanford). They met when Macallan was 23 and working at a film festival in Florida; she later decided to become an actress, which contributed to their split in 2010.

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"That was part of the issue," Renner -- who was paid $5 million to star in The Bourne Legacy -- tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I was going through the Hurt Locker campaign and she's like, 'Where do I get headshots?'"

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