why does everybody think this relationship is fake? nobody thought ashton kutcher and demi moore were a real couple as well, but they've been together for over two years. although, i do understand why if tom cruise was really gay, he wouldn't want to come out because of fears that this might hurt his career. could a openly gay star become a romantic leading figure, who could still maintain a loyal female base? who knows? ian mckellan isn't trying to be a romantic leading man. and, rupert evert, who's openly gay, has been typecast to a degree as the female star's gay, best friend. you argue that cruise is already well established, but that might make it worse as his loyal fans might feel betrayed.