Matt Bomer for Out Magazine

Posted on May 07, 2014

Between Mad Style, the Met Gala and jury duty, we need a little mental vacation. Shall we all take a moment and just gaze at something breathtaking while we do our deep breathing exercises?

Oh, yes. We shall.


Matt-Bomer-OUT-Magazine-June-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“The Normal Heart” actor Matt Bomer covers the June 2014 issue of OUT magazine  in a jacket and turtleneck by Tom Ford photographed by Kai Z Feng and styled by Grant Woolhead.

On how the role of Felix Turner changed him: “You’re really lucky as an artist if you get a role that changes you as a person. It taught me how to access myself on a completely different level as an artist. And it blew my mind in terms of the level of unconditional love between Ned and Felix — my goodness, if these people could incorporate this into their lives, under their circumstances, why can’t I?”

On coming out to his parents: “I’m not going to lie and say it was a bed of roses. But with the gift of time and grace, my parents chose love. And I think it’s important for people to know that. We always hear, ‘Oh, it gets better, it gets better,’ and [then] so many people go, ‘No it doesn’t.’ I feel lucky to say that, yes, sometimes it does.”

On his wedding to his partner and husband Simon Halls: “It was very chill, very small — only our nearest and dearest. There’s a security, a validity of knowing that it’s legal. It’s hard to put into words. It’s just a feeling, I guess — something about saying vows in front the people around you who love and support you. I think it was good for our family.”

On what being out means to his kids (and not to his career): “I’m so thankful to have been born in the times that we live in. I felt a responsibility to Simon and to our kids to be able to live with integrity and not have some strange split psychology of This is who my dad is at home, and this is who he is to the public. That trumped any type of professional repercussions that it could have had. And — not by my own volition or choice — I’ve been playing exclusively straight characters for the first 10 years of my career. Whatever happens from this point on says a lot more about the business and society than it does about me.”

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Matt-Bomer-OUT-Magazine-June-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Sweater by Fendi | Jeans by Louis Vuitton

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Matt-Bomer-OUT-Magazine-June-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Sweater by Alexander McQueen | Jeans by Louis Vuitton



Good lord, that boy is pretty.



[Photo Credit: Kai Z Feng for OUT Magazine]

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  • lexilexi

    Why? Why? Said a heterosexual female.

    • Jaimie

      Pfff, he’s more attractive gay.

      • Alyssa_T_Robot

        at least we won’t have to see him with some declassé broad. i find it strangely comforting that he’s gay… if i can’t have him, no other lady can either.

    • SugarSnap108

      As a heterosexual female who lives in Hell’s Kitchen, I cry out these words every day.

  • Anna

    Good God Matt, you’re so fucking gorgeous, it almost hurts to look at you.

    Will you please read me that story?

  • SewingSiren

    Jury duty is the worst. Last time I had it they forced us to watch a M. Night Shyamain film,

    • YoungSally

      I feel for you — then of course I was recently subpoenaed to testify for a criminal trial…and it’s not the kind of nuisance subpoena you can talk your way out of.

    • TLJezebel

      Making you watch that movie was cruel.

    • SugarSnap108

      That sounds unconstitutional.

    • kimmeister

      Which one? I hope it was one of his earlier ones.

      • SewingSiren

        I only remember that we were paid $20.

        • Heather

          Hope you didn’t spend it all in one place.

    • Sarah

      You got to watch a MOVIE? I had to sit on a wooden bench, sans phone, and read a paperback (no drinks or food) for five hours. I like to read, but still. It was interminable.

      • kimmeister

        The last time I had jury duty, I was SELECTED. It was a district court too, not even a local court, so it was more than an hour away for me, and it lasted two weeks. But, I found 3 others to carpool with, and in addition to the daily stipend, we were reimbursed for toll and mileage (depending on our addresses), so I came home with nearly $1500. Haven’t gotten jury duty since!

    • MilaXX

      Last time I had it we got stuck in the elevator for 20 mins and I had the flu.

    • marlie

      Aw. I have a soft spot in my heart for him. I like his first movies, though the last couple are not his best.

      *Disclaimer: I’ve met him a bunch of times (mutual friends/acquaintances), and he’s a really nice guy, so I’m biased.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Sometimes it’s useful to not be a citizen of this fair country… avoiding jury duty is one of those occasions!

    • Danielle

      We watched 6 hours of Walker: Texas Ranger.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I want to go to there.

  • semirose

    This specimen.

  • Crystal

    He is so goddamn attractive.

    And he sings well, too!

  • thecitysleeps

    Holy Mother of God, I can’t even fathom all that pretty on one person. How? Also those snuggly jumpers, yum. His husband is a lucky, lucky man.

  • Alicia

    *happy sigh*

  • BlairBear

    hot men in sweaters is one of my weaknesses. Its just so sexy for me.

  • shirab

    Love the McQueen sweater. Also, love that he is lying atop a rumpled American flag and some coiled rope on a boat deck, evidently catching up on some reading.

  • Snoskred

    Sorry but the hair gel makes this one a HELL NO for me.

    Though I will grant you he is pretty, and those eyes, but too much grease on what google shows me is *stunning* man hair..

    Why would anyone do this to him, and by proxy, to us?

  • Chuck Barthelme

    He could turn me.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    I have such a bomer for you, Matt.

  • Kathy

    Blue is his color. Adorbs.

  • PastryGoddess

    Pretty and articulate. I’m going to sit over here and fan myself

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Such gorgeous blue eyes! He sounds like a very decent, lovely guy-happy for him and his Mr.

  • Janet B

    He leaves me without words

  • LilyVanessi

    I don’t know what he’s reading in that last shot, but if it makes him look like that, I want a copy.

  • fursa_saida

    The fact that Matt Bomer is not everywhere and in everything is rank injustice.

    • BazoDee

      It is but it isn’t. I wouldn’t want him to get over exposed and over hyped. Well not *that* kind of over exposed. :)
      He’s in the perfect spot IMO -he isn’t quite a household name, but he has a huge, loyal fan base and is able to make compelling choices as an actor.

  • SugarSnap108

    Good lord, indeed.

  • decormaven

    Love the Fendi sweater and the very nice man who’s wearing it.

    • Leigh David

      I actually stopped looking at the very nice man when I got to that sweater.

      • Linderella

        How is that humanly possible…?

  • Jean Marie Downing

    Those eyes.
    He’s really prettier than my type tends to be.
    But those eyes.

  • colleenjanel

    Breathe in … breathe out … brea …

    Fuck. I forgot to breathe.

  • MinAgain

    He’s a cutie. And he seems like a nice man, too. So bonus!

    • Crystal

      He really does seem like the nicest man.

  • TAGinMO

    Obnoxiously pretty.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Thank goodness there is no puppy in any of these pictures, else I don’t think my heart could take it.

    • MinAgain

      At the very thought, my body nearly reverted to a pre-menopausal state.

  • Balletomane

    This man is just incredible. Breathtakingly beautiful, smart, articulate, kind and decent. And so compelling and charismatic. I have such a strong visceral reaction to him, through the screen, that is an absolute rarity for me. I just want to…. phew. *fans self*

  • Hilary

    That last picture – ZOMG! I literally gasped, then giggled at my desk.

  • Kim Elmore

    As my friend Wally used to say “he’s so dreamy” :)

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    Between this and Mr. Cumberbatch at the Met, I am fresh out of eggs…gone…all of them.

  • kimmeister

    The one with the ropes is giving me a whiff of young Matt Damon. Not that that’s a bad thing.

    • Danielle

      Total Outsiders, right?

      • kimmeister

        Are you thinking of Matt Dillon? I can see that too.

        • Danielle

          DERP. Yes. Sorry, these pictures made my brain short-circuit.

  • Danielle

    Jesus Christ, I need to be excused.

  • @Biting Panda

    I wasn’t looking to expand my family, but since I’ve just been spontaneously impregnated, I guess we’ll go with the flow. Sweet, pretty, Jesus.

  • BazoDee

    Oh hot damn! Damn! Damn! Damn!
    That man is so very F I N E!
    He lost a lot of weight for his role in the movie – glad to see it is all back on in all the right places :)
    And he’s such a sweetie too! Saw him on the Tonight Show last night making fun of his expression on the cover.

  • acevedob

    So I guess I’ll be looking at these pictures over and over again until 5pm..

  • Jessica Freeman

    My ovaries have exploded.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    If he is not the most perfectly beautiful man ever created, I don’t know who is.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    askjsda dasweghlqr28 rwh23140984 words fail me pretty wequr3489rjfsdfn sdfwlqfjqwelkf eggs dropping asdjk12eh23qowiu if he did a shoot with benedict i would lose my soul.

    • Lisalady161

      *laughing helplessly*, but I would like losing my soul to a shoot with those two!

  • NBG

    So much for anymore work being done today. His eyes shorted out my neurons.

    P.S. Are they trying to kill us with that rope photo?

  • James

    He is such a beautiful man, inside and out. I loved reading that more than I enjoyed the pictures because his words really touched me.

  • Jeremy

    Yep, I just popped a Bomer.

    • Linderella

      I am stealing this phrase and will henceforth use it whenever referring to him. Thank you for that!

      • Jeremy

        Let’s start calling his female fan base “LadyBomers.”

        • Lisalady161


  • MilaXX

    Da-yum! Simon is one lucky guy. BTW he was on Fallon last night. It was an interesting unspoken reinforcement of his coming out (to my eye). Jimmy holds up to magazines. He says’s “Here you are on the cover of GQ and then here you are on this one.” Matt grabs OUT mag and holds it up. I dunno maybe I’m reading more into than it really was, but it just felt like he was making sure folks knew he was OUT & proud.

    • BazoDee

      Hmm I did not get that at all. I’m just going to have to rewatch it.
      I was sort of bummed he didn’t get into some singing or lipsyncing bit with Jimmy.

      • MilaXX

        I will admit I could be completely misreading things, but it felt like Matt taking a stand with both his choice of movie role and the way he held onto that magazine. I wouldn’t be mad at him for it. He came OUT kinda of quietly. He’s only been married for the past year or 2 despite being with his husband for quiet some time. Maybe this was his more public coming out. If I’m reaching I’ll humbly eat my words and sit myself in the corner.

        • PastryGoddess

          And even better they have 3 kids who they adopted as older children. He wins humanity for me

          • Mink Carlyle

            I just have to correct you on the children. They are not adopted; they are all their (Simon’s, I think) biological children via surrogate.

          • PastryGoddess

            Oh Thanks! I thought I read somewhere that they were adopted.

  • dalgirl

    What a lovely sentence: “But with the gift of time and grace, my parents chose love.” As the mother of a gay son, Iove is the ONLY response.

    • BazoDee

      It is a really eloquent answer that says volumes.

    • marlie

      I also appreciate that he admitted that it DID take some work.

      • formerlyAnon

        I appreciate that it is a VERY graceful way to acknowledge the challenge it was to his parents without excusing it, and while drawing a veil over what (is implied) was at best strained and wounding, and possibly ugly.

        • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

          Which makes how he and his folks went through that situation so heartwarming.

          Their son, has a husband, family and career that they can share in his and their lives.


      • dalgirl

        I appreciated his transparency as well.

        • L’Anne

          if only what he was wearing had transparency as well…

    • MinAgain

      It is a lovely answer. I’m a great believer in the power of grace.

      • dalgirl

        Me too!

    • Mink Carlyle

      I have to say, I think he was being exceptionally gracious (as is his wont). I’m not sure I feel particularly warm and fuzzy that it took them “time”.

      • Alicia

        It is always sad when that is a family’s response. At least they have chosen love!

  • girlsaturday

    Good lord, even his armpit hair is sexy.

  • JP

    Hnnng. Not just to the photos, but his words — he’s gorgeous inside and out.

  • MrsDanvers

    I want to know what he’s reading in that last photo.

  • numenah

    What a face– almost as beautiful as the young Clint Eastwood’s.

  • alyce1213

    Swoon. Physically, he’s like a perfect sculpture. That he seems to be an intelligent and feeling man is icing on the cake.

  • R.A.

    “Whatever happens from this point on says a lot more about the business and society than it does about me.” – Darn tootin’. You tell ’em, boy!!!

  • marlie

    Gorgeous, AND great comments.

  • Yolanda

    Sigh…. He’s so pretty it almost hurts my eyes… Almost…

    • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

      I almost posted the same exact thought.

  • Linderella

    Like my beloved Jude Law (who remains the pinnacle of gorgeous in my book), he is beautiful in a way that transcends sexy. In other words, it’s not only that “I’d do him” (which I totally would, wouldn’t you?!), but also that he is so aesthetically beautiful. Like, I can just stare at him with objective appreciation as if he’s an objet d’art and be pleased.
    That he plays for my team is lagniappe.

  • Mrs. C

    Cannot. Breathe. Deeply. Also, thought I hated scruff and hair grease until I laid eyes on that cover shot. What kind of parallel universe is this???

  • Tanya Wade

    The Fendi and McQueen sweaters are giving me a knitgasm.

    • Qitkat

      Matt is giving me a Qitgasm.
      Oh, shoot, did I say that out loud?

      Hmmm, who are the Kit Kat Boys?

    • Vera

      As a knitter, I approve this comment.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Neil Caffrey gets me EVERY time…Beauty+Brains= I’m melting.

    • demidaemon


  • formerlyAnon

    He does so totally much nothing for me (I’m SO out of step), but those are some pretty well turned phrases in that interview. Props to him. (I choose to believe he is that articulate and intelligent, not just that well-prepared.)

  • Almut Weidenprinzessin

    TLO, i think after this you owe us a lot of approximately as handsome bisexuals :*

  • ktr33

    Crocheted sweater? full of holes? all stretched out? made out of the fishing net in earlier pic? Makes me sad.

  • ktr33

    As a straight and boyfriend-less teenager, I actually had a subscription (is this a terribly sad over-share?) and hung up beefcake pix like this all over my bedroom. That was the early 80s. Maybe that’s why these pix actually depress me a little.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    All this – AND – he can dance! He really is the perfect man.

  • anonylind

    Oh my!

  • MartyBellerMask

    Holy holy holy. This will do.

    • formerlyAnon

      PLEASE use the “holy holy holy” expressions sparingly. I now have an earworm of the Sanctus in my head. (Old form, of course, haven’t been to Mass enough in recent years to have the new translation ingrained.)

      • Alicia

        … now you’ve triggered a Sanctus earworm in my head. Unfortunately, even in my mind I can’t sing the soprano part any more!

  • a_liking

    oh sweet jesus the little spit of armpit hair makes that picture a MILLION TIMES HOTTER. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAS EVEN POSSIBLE.

  • Lisalady161

    Just, wow. And thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • LadyVimes

    Words. Words can’t. Can’t word. Things.

  • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

    Yes, he’s so damn gorgeous and he’s so grounded by his personal life (which is refreshing).

    I love that he chose to verbally come out professionally, so that his (and his husband’s) kids would know that their family is valid.

    LOVE IT!!

  • quiltrx

    He has magical, artist-level stubble. I swear it looks like each hair was applied individually!
    The two pictures in the sweaters are my favorites. Mmmm.

  • Pterodactyl111

    That cover is almost enough to make me forget how much I hate turtlenecks.

    • Mink Carlyle

      To be fair, he does wear a turtleneck better than any other man on earth.

  • rebeemoon

    What makes him even more gorgeous, if that’s possible, is that everything I’ve read about him, or heard him say, makes him seem like such an adorably nice person. An adorably nice, yummy person.

  • t bell

    I wonder what the husband looks like? If he’s half as handsome ,I think that looking at the pair of them would have the same effect as looking at a solar eclipse without the smoked glass.

  • Man Dala

    I love him — said homosexual male.

  • Just Me

    Oh Sweet Jesus! First Charlize and now this?! Actually said it out loud: “Fuck! That man is beautiful.” Gay. Straight. Whatever…just too damn pretty for words. Hell, my dream night would be to go to bed with her, have him switch off in the middle of the night (straight for a day) and wake up to BCum making me tea and toast ready for interesting conversation – where he does most of the talking, of course…a girl can dream (and yes, in that Met dress, I would go gay for Charlize).

  • Erica

    I felt the same way as he did when I got married. And I didn’t expect it, having waited until I was 37. But standing in our backyard, with friends and family in support, saying the vows, was sacred, even for a limitedly religious person like myself . And that feeling that we straight people can feel, and have had the opportunity to feel forever, should be the reason that accepting marriage equality should be a no-brainer to me.

  • Vera

    I gasped upon viewing the second photo. He is perfection. Glad his personal life is happy too.

  • superemang

    oh my……
    *speechless* *picks up underwear*

  • kerryev

    And he sounds smart, and grounded, and he can pull off that ridiculous faux-fisherman getup. What a fabulous man.

  • par3182

    There must be some drawback to being that handsome……but I can’t think of what it could possibly be.

  • Catherine

    Those. Eyes.

  • EEKstl

    It’s sort of…well, insane, how handsome this man is. Nice, too, to see he has a good head on his shoulders, not just a gorgeous one.

  • Fanofgoodart

    He makes those ridiculous sweaters oh so sexy! Beautiful, intelligent, and brave. Who wouldn’t go crazy with this combo? What he says is as beautiful as he looks. He reminds me of Paul Newman in that sense, someone truly, insanely beautiful, inside and out, yet in a quiet graceful way.

  • DesertDweller79

    Sigh. He’s dreamy.

  • t bell

    Thanks for the link; I won’t need smoked glass.