Kal Penn thanks supporters ‘for all the love’ after revelation he’s engaged to his longtime partner
Kal Penn is thanking supporters “for all the love” after he revealed in his new memoir that he’s engaged to his longtime partner, whom he met while he was working in the Obama White House.
“Thank you so much for all the love on social media today. That’s so nice,” the “Harold and Kumar” actor said Sunday in an Instagram post.
In his book out this week, “You Can’t be Serious,” Penn detailed his relationship of more than a decade with his now-fiancé, Josh.
“I know this sounds jokey, but it’s true: When you’ve already told your Indian parents and the South Asian community that you intend to be an actor for a living, really any conversations that come after that are super easy,” Penn, 44, said in an interview with People.
“They’re just like, ‘Yeah, okay.’ I felt very supported by everyone,” Penn said of his relationship. “That’s a wonderful thing. I know everybody has different experiences with that and so I definitely feel very fortunate.”
Penn traded Hollywood for Washington, working as the White House’s associate director of public engagement under former President Obama from 2009 to 2011. He said he met Josh while in the nation’s capital for the high-profile gig.
“I discovered my own sexuality relatively late in life compared to many other people. There’s no timeline on this stuff. People figure their shit out at different times in their lives, so I’m glad I did when I did,” Penn said.
For the ex-“Designated Survivor” star, finding the right balance of being candid and protecting the privacy of his family was key for the book.
“Figuring out the narrative [in the book], of how to respect who they really are, with telling my story — that includes: my work life, both in Hollywood and DC, it includes my love life with Josh and how we met, it includes my parents, to the extent that I’m willing to share stories about their upbringing,” he told People. “So that was the most important thing for me. I wanted my story to be authentic from my perspective and told in a way that makes you feel like you really get to know me.”
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