Baz Luhrrman’s Daughter Talks About People Speculating About Her Father’s Sexuality

March 10, 2023 / Posted by:

Up until ten minutes ago, all I knew about Baz Luhrmann was that he’s Australian and makes visually loud films. I didn’t know what he looked like, how old he was, or his sexuality. Turns out the answers are: unnaturally smooth, 60 years old, and straight. It’s that last one that we’re focusing on today, cuz, according to People, Baz’s 19-year-old daughter, Lilly Luhrmann, went on the podcast Under the Gloss and talked about how everyone were always speculating about her father’s sexuality. She says that, as a 10-year-old, the reaction confused her, and it was the first time she noticed “something was amiss” with her life. She was a (gasp) nepo baby!

Baz has been married to Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin since 1997. She collaborates with him on all his movies. Apparently, Baz and Catherine sleep in separate bedrooms. When Baz revealed this tidbit to the press, the media began questioning his sexuality:

“I did get followed to school, by a truck that were paparazzi,” Lilly said, adding of Luhrmann, now 60, “They were bullying my dad there for a little bit there.”

“I specifically remember there was a time where I was driving in the car and on the radio, this guy was like, ‘Today we’re gonna be discussing, is Baz Luhrmann gay? Breaking news: [He and Martin, 58] sleep in two different bedrooms,’ ” she went on.

Lilly says that when she arrived at school that day, her classmates joined in on the speculation:

“I was like, ‘Um,’ ” she said. “And that was the first time I felt … not embarrassed, but more just like, ‘Why are people talking about my dad? Why are they making fun?’ And the kids at school were like, ‘Well, your parents sleep in two different bedrooms; your dad’s gay.’ I’m like, ‘They just have different sleeping schedules!’ ” Lilly said.

Lilly says she’s not “traumatized for life”, and has gotten over it, but it was “the first time I was ever aware something was a bit amiss.”
In 2014, Baz told The Daily Mail Australia that he and his wife Catherine sleep in separate beds because they both “needed time for ourselves”. He explains that when both of them were super busy and sleeping in the same room, he caught himself “saying things in passing that weren’t properly thought through, things would become fraught”. Baz says he and Catherine keep things romantic by going out on Saturday overnight dates . This involves going to a restaurant or show, catching up, then going to a hotel and not returning home until Sunday after lunch. Ah, to be rich! In another interview with the New York Times, Baz also blamed his insomnia for the separate rooms thing. He shared that he works at night, and Catherine doesn’t. She added:
 “I don’t lead a 9-to-5 existence, but those of us who make things or expect deliveries or work with people who put nails into pieces of wood, we tend to work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Without my own bedroom, I’d have to kill him.”
What I find interesting about this story is that the daughter of someone as random as Baz Luhrmann got made fun of at school for something personal he shared in an interview. And it didn’t even concern Lilly! Can you imagine what the children of over-sharers Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard will have to go through? “Your parents don’t bathe you enough and you’re still in diapers!!Jesus Christ. Can’t wait to tune into their podcast appearances in T-minus ten years…

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