The list… gay besties

JOSH DARE meets the rich and famous duos who have traded pink friendship bracelets and been there for life’s gay little up and downs.

Will and Grace (Will & Grace)
They may be fictional characters, but Will and Grace will forever stand testament to how middle America likes to think a loving friendship with gay male would be: someone who will always be there to call you fat and tell you that you dress badly.

Lance Bass and Joey Fatone (N*Sync)

Lance Bass shocked sixteen year old’s panties across the world last year when he came out, but there’s one person who would’ve stuck by him no matter what: bandmate and lifelong bestie Joey Fatone. They haven’t stopped working together since N*Sync split, but that actually may say more about their lack of talent than friendship.

Nate Berkus and Oprah
There was nary a dry eye in the house when Nate Berkus told Oprah’s TV audience about the death of his life partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, in the 2006 Boxing Day tsunami. And since then, those dry eyes have been spruced up with a feature wall and fun vintage look – thanks to Nate assuming the roles of Oprah’s interior designer and gay confidant.

Anthony Callea and Casey Donovan (Australian Idol)
After weeks of intense competition, it was shaping up to be a tense finale to the 2004 season of Australian Idol, with voters choosing between fatty (Casey Donovan) and shorty (Anthony Callea). In spite of all the pressure, Casey and Anthony remained firm friends ‘til the very end.

Madonna and Rupert Everett
Though we all like to think Madonna is a personal friend to each and every gay man, there’s just one gay guy she relies on: Rupert Everett. After being introduced (by Madonna’s ex, Sean Penn), the two formed a quick bond because, as Madonna says, “we’re both minorities.” No, not the whole female / gay thing – minor stars in Hollywood.

Siegfried and Roy
Proving that gays really are magic, Siegfried and Roy – das German magicians famous for their shows in Las Vegas – prove that gays can have lifelong friendships and handle deadly white tigers, too. Well, with the latter at least, only Siegfried has a clear report card – Roy was mauled, on stage, by one of his pussies in 2003, spelling the end of their illustrious career.

Perez Hilton and Paris Hilton
When celebrity gossip whore Mario Armando Lavandeira needed a pseudonym for his new trash blog, he didn’t need to look far – he just bastardized the name of his number one target, Paris Hilton, dubbing himself Perez Hilton. However, the tricky and conniving Ms Hilton sucked up to the blogger – and now Paris and Perez are literally two P’s in a pod.

“Two men and a Chihuahua” and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
When former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani was unceremoniously booted out of his marital home during messy divorce proceedings in 2000, there was only one place he could turn – to the apartment of his two gay friends “and their Chihuahua”, as the press gleefully reported at the time.

Elton John and Princess Di

“And it seems to me, you lived your life, with a faggot by your side…” Clearly, Elton John and Princess Diana were like two little English peas in a pod, both being crusaders against AIDS and such. Diana meant so much to Elton, in fact, after her tragic death, he changed one or two words of to one his hit songs just for her. Now that’s dedication.

David and Claire (Big Brother 06)
When David so ‘traumatically’ came out as a big gay farmer in 2006’s Big Brother, he needed all the emotional support he could get. Regular counseling from a professional to help him with the ‘massive fall out’ (from what could be described as a painfully day-to-day occurrence) wasn’t an option, so animal-loving Claire stepped up to the plate and provided David with the emotional backbone he so blatantly lacked.