Though Parsons's friends and family knew he had been in a relationship with partner Todd Spiewak for many years, the actor discussed his sexuality publicly for the first time in 2012 after playing an HIV-AIDS advocate in The Normal Heart.
In a wide-ranging discussion on the new series of David Tennant Does a Podcast With…, Parsons told the former Doctor Who star that his upbringing in the Bible Belt influenced him to separate his personal and professional lives for years
"There was no interview. Nobody was asking to talk with me about my work, or whatever, so no personal questions were coming up. There was no cost to it in any way."