The success of Beauty and the Beast isn’t the only thing one particular actor from the Disney movie has to celebrate — the star also recently rang in his or her birthday, and may or may not be back together with a special someone. While you could easily think that we’re talking about Emma Watson, considering she rang in her 27th year of living on April 15, it’s actually one of her hunky co-stars we’re referring to this time. And that hunky co-star is… Luke Evans.
Coincidentally, the man who portrayed Gaston in the live-action adaptation is also born on April 15. So, he took the time to ring in his 38th birthday with some very important people. Unfortunately, he mentioned that there was one person absent from the celebration. “What an amazing bunch of people,” he captioned a picture of himself with some pals in Budapest. “Thank you for an amazing birthday. Just missing one special someone…you know who you are,” along with a kiss emoji.
And fans suspect that the person in question is Jon Kortajarena, the 31-year-old Spanish model/actor whom Luke dated from 2014 to 2015. 1. ’cause he’s not in the photograph, even though 2. he shared a birthday post for Luke on his Instagram story and was 3. actually on that Budapest trip, where Luke’s been filming one of his upcoming projects. Jon even reportedly posted then deleted some snapshots from the trip on his story.
You’re playing coy with us, gentlemen.
There are more LGBTQ+ characters in Disney movies than you probably realized. Here are six:
LeFou in Beauty and the Beast
When it was announced that LeFou was going to be gay in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, there was major backlash. While the character never specifically says he likes boys during the film, director Bill Condon confirmed it in multiple interviews. He explained, "By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural."
After realizing that some people were (disgustingly) disgusted that the new film featured a member of the LGBTQ community, Bill spoke out again and said the whole situation was blown out of proportion. He stands by his decision to make LeFou gay and we stand by him, too!
Oaken in Frozen
When fans started to question this Frozen character's sexuality after seeing a picture of him and what looked like his husband and children displayed in a shop during a film, no one really would confirm or deny the claims.
Jennifer Lee, the writer and co-director of the film, responded to the controversy by saying, "We know what we made, but at the same time I feel like once we hand the film over, it belongs to the world. So I don't like to say anything, and just let the fans talk. I think it's up to them."
That said, a TON of people already made up their mind — Oaken is a member of the LGBTQ community and we love it!
Couple in Finding Dory
When Finding Dory was released, fans noticed two women walking around with a baby in a stroller, making them assume they were Disney's first lesbian couple. Co-director Andrew Stanton pulled a Frozen move and gave a vague AF answer about this possibility.
"They can be what ever you want them to be," he said. "There is no right or wrong answer."
Bucky and Pronk Oryx-Antlerson in Zootopia
While Bucky and Pronk Oryx-Antlerson's relationship is never specifically mentioned during the movie, the credits reveal that their last names are joined, proving that Judy Hopps' neighbors are, in fact, a couple.
Ursula in The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid's villain was modeled after a famous drag queen named Divine, a gay man who was SUPER popular among the LGBT community. It was confirmed that the creators of the movie wanted Ursula to have the look and personality of the performer and the film's composer, Alan Menken, revealed he wanted Harvey Fierstein to play the sea witch in a live-action version.
While drag queens are not always gay, they are definitely LGBTQ allies and since Ursula was mimicked after a gay man, people assume that Ursula falls under the umbrella, too.
Pleakley in Lilo & Stitch
In the beloved children's movie Lilo & Stitch, there was a cross-dressing alien named Pleakley who caught the attention of many viewers. Although it was never blatantly stated, fans speculated that the character may have been a part of the LGBTQ community.