Belated Wedding Congratulations Are Due To Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw as Q (Photo: MGM)

Ben Whishaw as Q (Photo: MGM)

Here’s a curious thing. When someone in the public eye is forced, by press speculation about their private life, to ask a spokesperson to issue a statement that contains a happy event, what is the appropriate response?

I only ask because it seems tabloidy gossip around Ben Whishaw – who is very definitely NOT the new Doctor, in case you’re still catching up on events from the weekend – has reached such an intrusive level that he has asked a spokesperson to publicly confirm that he is a) gay and b) happily married.

Now, there shouldn’t need to be a Hallmark card for coming out, but everyone loves a wedding. Ben entered a civil partnership with the Australian composer Mark Bradshaw last summer: his first anniversary is this month.

The spokesperson told the Mail: “Due to speculation, I can confirm that Ben and Mark entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy.”

And added the following note of warning: “Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work.”

So, I’m thinking just a card and a muffin basket? That’ll probably do it.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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