Cheyenne Jackson Explains Tattoo, Mustache & More

Posted on August 3rd, 2013 at 8:58 am



You know you've reached a certain celebrity status when you grow a mustache and get tattoos and you have to explain yourself to your fans.

But squeaky clean Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson, who just confirmed he's getting a divorce from his longtime partner, felt the need because gossip blogs are claiming the star is going through a midlife crisis -- flaunting his new younger boyfriend around Los Angeles, sporting a "handlebar mustache," showing off his "prison tattoos," and being an overall "hot mess."

The Glee star told SiriusXM OutQ that he is not a "Nazi skinhead."

 “I do have a mustache, but it’s for the new Ira Sachs movie with Alfred Molina and Marissa Tomei and John Lithgow, so that’s what that’s for," he explained. "I do have a new tattoo, and it’s personal. I’m happy to tell… [the story behind it]…now because it’s out there, but you know, it’s for my dad. It’s song lyrics from an old Elvis song that he used to sing to me when I was little, and it was going to be a Christmas present, but I decided to give it to him early."

The lyrics are from Elvis'“Daddy Big Boots” — “I’m gonna tell you a little secret/You won’t believe it’s true/Did you know your Daddy Big Boots/Once wore little boots like you.” Another quote, by James Dean, reads, “Only the gentle are ever really strong.”

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And Cheyenne also confirmed reports that he's in recovery. "I wasn’t going to go there," he adds, "but I will say that special moment with my dad came from something else that came out [Wednesday] in one of these f**king [reports] is that I’m in AA, and that happens to be true. I started my recovery last summer, and it became something I really wanted to focus on in my life, and repairing relationships with my family and such, so this is a really strong, beautiful time for me, personally. It also is a very sad time because I’m going through a divorce, but yeah, I mean, you know, some members of my family didn’t even know I was in Alcoholics Anonymous, so that was pretty f**ked up to actually have people [find out that way]…“

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