Designer Jason Wu attends the 15th Annual OUT 100 Awards at Gotham Hall on November 14, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Will Ragozzino/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Wu (Getty Images)more pics »
An anonymous fashion insider at Gawker Media's Jezebel
reports that designer Jason Wu
, who recieved the biggest PR bump of the year when Michelle Obama
wore his design to the inaugural balls, may have been outed to his extended family by The New York Times.
Last Sunday, the paper ran a profile of Mr. Wu that casually referred to Wu's boyfriend, Gustavo Rangel. Writer Eric Wilson undoubtedly assumed that Wu was unquestionably "out" about his homosexuality (his parents knew, accordin to the Jezebel piece). Yet Taipei-born Wu apparently hadn't told many of his extended family members, and reportedly disappointed his parents for not being more "discreet."
While that would be terribly embarrassing and potentially hurtful for many of the parties involved, it could conceivably be worse. In this day and age, secrets are rarely kept for very long, as we've made an industry out of people's private lives. Just think about how much traffic Perez Hilton (aka Mario Lavandeira) got for urging Neil Patrick Harris
and Clay Aiken
to come out of the closet.
Pictures of the dress Jason Wu designed for Michelle Obama: