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.”
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]…“