Robert Sheehan: “I had a couple of experiences…with dudes”

Robert Sheehan, gaining critical acclaim – alongside vast attention from a seemingly “thirsty” fan base – currently stars in the Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy. The show follows seven siblings, all with unique superhuman abilities and suppressed childhood trauma, as they struggle to overcome their differences and prevent an imminent apocalypse.

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Robert Sheehan portrays Klaus Hargreeves on the show. An openly gay character affectionately labeled “The Seance,” Klaus can commune with the dead (when he’s not too drugged up to use his ability). Whether from watching Robert Sheehan on the show, or just out of pure curiosity, many fans have taken to the internet wondering whether the actor is gay in real life.

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Robert Sheehan recently sat down for an interview with the Irish Examiner to discuss his past roles, his romantic life, as well as his current role as Klaus Hargreeves on The Umbrella Academy. When asked about his sexuality, Robert Sheehan openly communicated the extent of his homosexual experimentation, which he did not owe anyone.

Is Robert Sheehan Gay? ‘The Umbrella Academy’ star gave men a shot but said it did nothing for him

When discussing his sexuality, Robert Sheehan told The Irish Examiner:

“I think it would be irresponsible not to question your sexuality. I had a couple of experiences when I was younger with dudes where I tried it, experimented to see if it did anything for me…It didn’t, but I gave it a go!”


There you have it, folks. Robert Sheehan has experimented with men in the past; however, it did not do anything for him. So, if you’re wondering whether or not Robert Sheehan is gay, he has said no (in so many words).

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Robert Sheehan goes on to discuss working with Ruth Nega on Love/Hate, and he tells the interviewer that, given the young actress’s beauty (and his comfort level working alonside her) an “occasional erection” may have “popped” up here and there while filming.

Robert Sheehan’s previous relationships

While not much is known about Robert Sheehan’s former relationships and overall dating history, he did date his co-star from the movie Jet Trash, Sofia Boutella. They met on set and hit it off rather quickly.

Robert Sheehan and Sofia Boutella started dating in 2014, according to Live Ramp Up, and managed to keep a relatively low dating profile for quite some time. Once they began making appearances together out in public  – at bars, restaurants, and various other events – their relationship was on full display.

Robert Sheehan and Sofia Boutella even got to fly in a helicopter piloted by Tom Cruise in 2015, according to Live Ramp Up. Talk about an exciting date! Soon after this romantic evening, rumors started to surface that Boutella was engaging in a secret relationship with her co-star from Star Wars, Chris Pine; however, this was never confirmed.

The public assumed Sofia Boutella and Robert Sheehan were no longer together after a video dropped of Boutella kissing Miles McMillan. Robert Sheehan later confirmed that the two had split. This was Robert Sheehan’s last big profile relationship, as he has not come forward with any news regarding current love interests.