Maya Hawke needs no introduction in Hollywood. Her acting and music career speaks volumes. But she maintains a low profile on social media, keeping her personality humble and reserved.
Because of this, her fans often stumble upon obscurity regarding her personal life, especially rumors that say she is gay. The speculations demand inquiries about her past relationships and boyfriend.
But before digging up that information to find the truth, one has to understand how the rumors of her being gay started.
Maya Hawke’s Gay Rumors Started from ‘Stranger Things’
Hawke’s portrayal of Robin on the Netflix series Stranger Things made the fans truly believe that she was a lesbian in real life.
To those unfamiliar with the series, Robin debuted in the third season when the show was already crashing Netflix’s streaming server. All fans liked her immediately, and they loved when she came out as gay.
Hawke was admittedly invested in playing Robin as she expected viewers to empathize with her character. In the 2019 red carpet event, Hawke told Variety that Robin had the potential to influence people.
“If I can hope for anything it’s that maybe some people fell in love with Robin, and that helped them fall in love with girls who love girls and boys who love boys,” she noted.
Strangely, the show’s writers had not initially determined Robin’s emerging sexuality. Hawke revealed that during the production of season three, the Duffer brothers, Shawn Levy, and herself collectively discussed and decided to portray Robin as a gay character.
“It wasn’t really until we were shooting episode four and five, I think, that we made the final decision. It was kind of a collaborative conversation, and I’m really, really happy with the way that it went,” Hawke shared.
Maya Hawke drew on Robin’s shoes to get into character. (Photo: Netflix/Twitter)
Later, Netflix reported that even the costume designer was dedicated to letting Hawke explore Robin’s sexuality. Hawke was allowed to draw on Robin’s red converse, where she drew Robin’s essence with words like ‘god likes you, of course.’
Is Maya Hawke Gay?
After playing Robin, fans questioned Hawke’s real-life sexuality and speculated is she was gay. And it only intensified after she starred in a music video for ‘Thérèse,’ a song from her album Moss.
The Pride reported that her video enunciated Hawke’s explicitly queer and languid crooning with scenes of group orgy interrupted by police.
During the video’s press release, Hawke explained that her song denied the systematic misunderstanding, and opined humans were created to be free. She highlighted she was reclaiming a new belief in sexuality and discarding the societal image of sex or gender.
“We are all bombarded with negative and doctored images of bodies all the time, whether we want to be or not,” she poetically continued during the screening of the film.
She conceded the idea of sexuality taught to her by society, where “[it] seems to want us all to hate ourselves and fear others,” was conventional. But after understanding her adult self, she said searched for a meaningful connection, not a partnership with the other sex.
While Hawke does not recognize herself as gay, her statements implied she was more focused on the person than their sexuality. And it is not sure if she has found that person yet.
The last time her dating life made headlines was when she was spotted with her reported boyfriend, Spender Barnett, on Valentine’s Day in 2022.
Before Barnett, she was linked with Tom Sturridge. They were reported to have dated for more than a year until 2021.