French actor Alain Delon publically condemned homosexuality and LGBT couples’ right to adopt children on September 2. Known for his 1960 roles in Purple Noon and The Leopard, the seventy-seven-year-old actor said that men are solely meant to “love a woman” and spoke against France’s recent passing of marriage equality.
“Yes, it is against nature, I’m sorry. We are here to love a woman, to woo a woman, not to flirt with or get picked up by guys,” said Delon during a live hearing on TV channel France 2. “I’m not against gay marriage, I do not give a damn, but I am against the adoption of children.”
Delon is known for his 1960 roles in Purple Noon, The Leopard, Le Samourai, and Is Paris Burning?. Described as the “French James Dean,” Madonna paid tribute to the actor in her “Beautiful Killer” song.
“It is against nature to love yourself as much as he does,” writer Claude Serraute responded.
Delon is known for his womanizing reputation; he had three wives, several affairs and fathered four children. His first child, born when Delon was in his late twenties, was raised mostly by his parents.
“What I do not want is for them to adopt. But we will not discuss it for hours, or it becomes a different issue,” Delon responded to the angry responses on Twitter.