It was fun while it lasted: Taron Egerton, the hot Welsh actor, finally responded to all those “gay rumours” that flooded the internets a few weeks ago. “I’m certainly not going to stop calling my mates cuties and gorgeous”, he says. But… there’s a but.

28-year-old Taron Egerton got his big break on Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel. These days, he’s starring in a new adaptation of Robin Hood, and is going to play the legendary Elton John in an upcoming biopic, Rocketman.

Back in October, Taron posted a photo of a cute male friend on Instagram, with the caption – “Cutie. My boy ❤️”

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Cutie. My boy ❤️

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Understandably, that caption sparked thousands and thousands of comments and rumours regarding Taron’s sexuality.

Now, in an interview with Radio Times, as reported by Metro, Taron finally addressed that whole situation:

“One of the lads was at my London flat and I Instagrammed a picture of him and said, ‘Look at this cutie’, and a million outlets reported I was coming out as gay.

I’m not gay but two of my mates came out when I was 15 and it was a joy to support them because, as a group, we are all secure in who we are”

However, there’s one thing we can find comfort in: “I’m certainly not going to stop calling my mates cuties and gorgeous”, he added. “Because they are cuties and they are gorgeous.”

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Oh well, we might as well look at his nude moments (NSFW).