Kal Penn, once dubbed “People’s Most Desirable Bachelor,” corrects the record: He’s been with the same person for 11 years. (He is, in fact, homosexual.)
Some refer to him as Kumar, the weed-and-Castleburger-obsessed. Some people recognize him as an unexpected White House worker.
Josh recognizes him as his fiancée.
Kal Penn, who was formerly ranked as one of People’s most desirable bachelors, is no longer available.
In his new book, “You Can’t Be Serious,” the 44-year-old actor, best known for his appearances in “Harold & Kumar,” says, “You Can’t Be Serious.” Go to White Castle,” “House,” and “Designated Survivor,” revealed details about his 11-year relationship with his eventual engagement to his boyfriend, Josh, which may surprise some People magazine readers. (For Josh’s privacy, he has not given his last name.)
“In comparison to many other individuals, I found my own sexuality very late in life,” Penn told People in an interview published Sunday. (Perhaps the publication wished to set the record straight.) “There is no timetable for this.” People find out their s—- at various stages in their life, but I’m pleased I did at the right moment.”
Penn claimed he met Josh during his two-year employment as an assistant director in the Obama administration’s Office of Public Engagement, which he started in 2009.
It was far from love at first sight. Penn thought their fledgling relationship was doomed the minute Josh came up to their first date with an 18-pack of Coors Light and flicked on the TV to a NASCAR race.
“I thought to myself, ‘This is definitely not going to work out,'” he told People. “I have one day free from the White House, and this guy is unironically watching vehicles drive around and turn left?” We’d been watching NASCAR every Sunday for a few months before we realized it. “I’m like, ‘What’s going on?'”
Penn hasn’t been very forthcoming about his connection with Josh or his sexuality before recently, but he hasn’t exactly kept things concealed either. In June, he captioned a picture of himself and four other guys — one of whom Page Six identified as the enigmatic Josh — during Pride in New York City, “A really great NYC Sunday.” “Have a great Pride, everyone!”
“I’ve always been really open with everyone I’ve dealt with directly.” “Whether it’s someone I meet at a bar, Josh and I out, or we’re chatting to pals,” Penn said. “I’m really eager to share our friendship with readers.” However, Josh, my boyfriend, my parents, and my brother, the four people I’m closest to in the family, are quite quiet. They dislike being the center of attention and want to avoid it.”
Around the time Penn and Josh started dating, he was the “most renowned associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in history,” according to The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column. When he was mugged in what police described as a “simple street robbery,” the incident grabbed national headlines.
The people appreciated his candour — and sense of humour — while discussing his time in the White House, such as when he addressed his background check: “You go through this background clearance [and] one of the questions was, ‘Have you ever been dismissed from a job?'” And I agreed. ‘What for?’ For failing to be amusing enough. Ten years ago, I was sacked from a sitcom.”
The announcement was welcomed with equal parts excitement and regret, as with every celebrity engagement.
“Kal Penn coming out by saying he’s marrying someone who isn’t me… that’s a choice,” journalist Louis Peitzman said on Twitter.
“I won’t freak out because a celebrity I like is homosexual, I won’t freak out because a celebrity I adore is gay, I won’t freak out because a celebrity crush I’ve had for years is gay… “Oh,” one user tweeted.
“Honestly startled at this realization,” filmmaker Lexi Alexander tweeted. “Does Kal Penn watch NASCAR?”