Talk show host Larry King has attracted criticism for asking True Blood star Anna Paquin if she is no longer bisexual because she married a man.
The actress, who married co-star Stephen Moyer in 2010, came out as bisexual in the same year.
However, when the actress appeared on Larry King’s talk show this week, the veteran presenter seemed confused about how someone in a monogamous relationship could be bisexual.
He asked: “Are you a non-practising bisexual?”
She replied: “Well, I am married to my husband and we are happily monogamously married.”
Confused, King asked: “But you were bisexual?”
Shooting down the questioning, she said: “Well, I don’t think it’s a past-tense thing… are you still straight if you are with somebody?
“If you were to break up with them or if they were to die, it doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing.
“It doesn’t really work like that.”
In a 2012 interview, Paquin said: “Some people find it odd that you can identify with a sexual orientation that is not straight and yet be married to someone of the opposite sex. They’re like, ‘Obviously it’s not real if you’re married to a dude’”.
“But that’s not my problem, I’m like, okay, if that’s how you feel, there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m just living my life.”
“I am a happily married woman and I married a man,” she said, “I don’t think that negates that aspect of my life, but obviously I wouldn’t be with my husband if I didn’t want to be married to a man.”
Watch the clip below (starts at 11 mins):