"A large part of our obsession with celebrity sexuality comes from a societal obsession with labels; with defining people; with putting everyone in boxes. In a way, we feel an added sense of “ownership” over celebrities, by nature of them being in the public sphere: What is mundane in our own lives becomes interesting and news-worthy in theirs. (Stars: They’re not just like us.) There are countless magazines and websites specifically dedicated to this fascination with the famous; and even if we don’t actively read them, the onslaught of gossip is always in our peripheral. This lures us into a false sense of intimacy, and causes us to feel entitled to certain information — but there are certain topics that should be off limits, sexuality included. (I can think of a few exceptions — e.g., if a public figure’s actions in private have effects on the greater good — but these exceptions don’t apply to Hardy.)"