American actor and singer, Anthony Rapp – best known for his role in the Broadway production of Rent and Star trek has announced his engagement to his boyfriend.
48-year old Rapp took to social media to tell fans and followers that he had proposed to partner Ken Ithiphol, “So something happened tonight. I asked Ken if he would marry me and he said yes. I am so very happy and I’m so very thrilled to share this news.”
The couple who both re-posted Instagram stories from others, showed the actor down on one knee proposing to his partner in front of friends at a Toronto party.
Rapp has been an actor since childhood, making his Broadway debut in 1981 in a short-lived musical called “The Little Prince and the Aviator,” based on the beloved children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and his film debut with 1987’s “Adventures in Babysitting.”
He received widespread recognition with the original production of “Rent” in 1994, creating the role of Mark in the now-iconic Jonathan Larsen musical and reprising the role in the 2005 film version.
He has since appeared in numerous roles in theatre, television, and film, recently expanding his fanbase with the role of Lt. Commander Paul Stamet in the CBS All Access series, “Star Trek: Discovery,” in which his character, alongside fellow out actor Wilson Cruz, is half of the first gay couple in the “Star Trek” television franchise.
Rapp came out as queer in the mid-90s where he said to Oasis magazine “I don’t want to get into labels, but I’ve never labelled myself except to say I’m queer. The thing that’s been most important to me to be out about is that I have been in loving relationships with men … I haven’t said, ‘I am gay.’ Because the truth is that I’ve also been in love with women, although the truth is I do think I’m primarily homosexual.”
The Actor made headlines again in 2017 when he revealed that he had been the recipient of unwanted sexual advances from actor Kevin Spacey at the age of 14. Spacey claimed via social media not to have remembered the incident, and did not explicitly deny the incident and instead apologised for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”