Jeremy Renner is usually very quiet about his personal life, but did respond to rumors about his sexual preference and open up about his painful divorce in a recent interview with Playboy magazine.
"I'm not going to try to prove what I am or am not," the "Avengers" star said. "It's silly, right? When you Google yourself and the first thing that comes up is 'Jeremy Renner gay,' it's like, 'Oh, now you've arrived. You're now a giant star.'"
The Oscar-nominated actor's parents also split when he was just in third grade and his situation contributed to the man he is today.
"They didn’t have a lot of money, and after the divorce, we moved around a lot. Up until junior high, I thought a new grade meant a new school for everybody," he said, adding that may be what spawned his "shyness."
The 44-year-old actor's parents were supportive when he went into acting and initially lived with very meager means, but "found out later that my parents were freaking out."
The California native then hit it big with "S.W.A.T." in 2003 and "my movie career really took off." He was later nominated for an Academy Awards for Best Actor after his performance in 2008's "The Hurt Locker." Then came starring roles in the "Mission Impossible" franchise, "The Bourne Legacy" and, of course, "The Avengers."