Jeremy Renner says the rumors about him on the internet only assure him that he's made it in Hollywood.
The "Avengers: Age of Ultron" actor recalls that when he recently Googled himself. "The first thing that comes up is 'Jeremy Renner gay,'" he told Playboy magazine, taking it as a sign that he had arrived. "You're now a giant movie star."
In all seriousness, Renner doesn't pay the rumors about his sexuality any attention.
"I don't care [if people think I'm gay]," he explained. "F--king say whatever the hell you want about me. Look at where we're at socially -- leaps and bounds ahead of where we started."
"That's an amazing thing. To suggest that it's negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever -- I just don't get it," Renner continued. "Don't you wish we were in a world where we're not shaming, judging and boxing people in?"
Instead of focusing on what's being said about him, the 44-year-old actor would rather draw his attention to his 2-year-old daughter, Ava, whom he shares with actress/model Sonni Pacheco.
"I see anything that takes me away from my daughter, whether it's something good like making 'Mission: Impossible 5' or something bad like my divorce, as a distraction and an obstacle," Renner said. "Now, if anything takes me away and I don't get to see her, I just won't do it. I don't care what you pay me. All my energy goes toward her and her well-being."
This isn't the first time Renner has expressed how his role as a father has changed how he looks at acting. In fact, he told Ellen DeGeneres that his love of being a dad has "kind of screwed" his career.