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Chasten Buttigieg has a lot of shade for Twitter gays who don’t think his husband Pete is gay enough

Nick Duffy April 14, 2020
Chasten and Pete Buttigieg

Chasten and Pete Buttigieg (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chasten Buttigieg has addressed gay people who spend too much time on Twitter and have opinions about his husband’s sexuality.

The drama teacher, who has been enjoying some down-time with husband Pete Buttigieg since his exit from the Democratic Presidential race last month, addressed the issue in a from-home Instagram live stream with gay TV correspondent Tommy DiDario.

Responding to some of the discourse that surrounded the couple on the campaign trail, he reflected: “People could say really, mean, awful, untrue things about you, but they don’t know the first thing about you.

“They don’t know what I went through or what my story was. I reminded myself I’m worthy of love and trying to do my best, and if people don’t like something about my husband, then that’s their prerogative, but I will never look down on myself for not meeting the definition of some gatekeeper somewhere, on am I gay enough, am I not gay enough.”

Chasten Buttigieg: There’s no dialogue happening on Twitter

Buttigieg added: “The funny thing is, less than 10 per cent of America’s on Twitter, and yet people equate it to the electorate. There’s really no dialogue happening on Twitter.

“People aren’t listening to one another, they’re just there to share their opinion and mostly to yell at one another and cancel one another (…) if you only allow Twitter to define your worldview, you’re missing out, because I met the most beautiful inspiring people around this country who are just committed to doing the work [to help people].”

Former US Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg hugs his husband Chasten Buttigieg
Former US Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg hugs his husband Chasten Buttigieg (Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in the interview, Chasten spoke about the kiss with his husband at his campaign launch which made headlines everywhere.

He said: “I came out there and kissed him because I was so proud of him, and then it was in all the papers – people loved it and people hated it, because I kissed my husband, which straight politicians do every day, but I was remarkably proud of him, so of course I kissed my husband on stage.

“The further the campaign went along, people picked apart everything that we did, but I never gave it much thought, because I promised Pete and the campaign that I was never going to become somebody that I’m not.

“I’m sure there are people who wish I had broadcast and represented my sexuality and relationship in a different way, but I can only be me. I can only be who I am. It’s not worth becoming someone you’re not to appease people on Twitter or people in the press.

“I still love my husband, and do everything that feels normal and natural to me. If people love that, fantastic, and if they don’t like that, well, that’s our reality.”

After ending Presidential bid, couple have a lot more time together than expected

The couple are now seeing rather a lot of eachother being stuck in the same house during the lockdown – but apparently that’s not what life on the campaign was like.

Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten Buttigieg pose backstage at the hit play 'The Inhertance' on Broadway at The Barrymore Theatre
Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten Buttigieg pose backstage at the hit play ‘The Inhertance’ on Broadway at The Barrymore Theatre (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

Chasten explained “It was really hard, because I was very active on the campaign, so they’d sent me wherever Pete couldn’t be.

“That started from going out a couple days a week, to half the time with him and half the time on my own, and then the final few months, I was barely seeing Pete once a week or so, dependent on what the team required. To be honest, it was mostly time apart checking in with one another, because we both would have 18 hour days.

“It was gruelling and really hard to make time to one another. We were like two ships in the night… now we’re in the same house, all day, every day!”

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