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Patrick Stewart laughs off newspaper's gay blunder

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Feb 19, 2014 | 4:34am EST

Veteran British actor Sir Patrick Stewart has laughed off a howling blunder by editors at a U.K. newspaper after he was mistakenly labelled gay. The Star Trek icon, who has been married to three women over the years, hit headlines on Monday (17Feb14) when a writer for Britain's The Guardian described him as gay in an article about actress Ellen Page, who 'came out' over the weekend (15-16Feb14). The original article read, "Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think Page's coming out speech is newsworthy," and editors at the publication - which frequently campaigns to improve press standards - have since issued a correction. Stewart has now spoken out about the incident and laughed it off in a series of humorous posts on his Twitter.com page. He writes, "But @guardian I have, like, five or even SEVEN hetero friends and we totally drink beer and eat lots of chicken wings!... Well, @guardian it makes for a nice change... at least I didn't wake up to the internet telling me I was dead again."

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