The Golden one Betty White is featured on the cover of this week’s issue of Parade magazine and in her coverstory interview, Betty opens up about what kind of men she likes, what she learned from her parents, her thoughts on marriage equality and more. Here is our first look at Betty’s Parade coverphoto and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:
Don’t call her a cougar!
White she may lust after Robert Redford (who is 14 years her junior), Betty insists, “I’ve always liked older men. They’re just more attractive to me. Of course, at my age there aren’t that many left!” Apparently, that hasn’t presented much of an obstacle. “I’ve enjoyed the opposite sex a lot,” says White, whose beloved husband of 18 years, Allen Ludden, died in 1981. “Always have. Always will.”
Her parents passed down their comic timing—and puppy love.
“They had delicious senses of humor,” White says of her parents. Her father was a traveling salesman who would bring home jokes from the road. He and her mother were also animal people. “They would come back from a walk with a dog, saying, ‘Betty, he followed us home. Can we keep him?’ My parents had a cat named Toby who liked to sit on my crib. My mom always said that if Toby hadn’t approved of the baby, she’d have gone straight back to the hospital.”
She believes everyone should have the right to say “I do.”
White’s status as a gay icon dates to the mid-80’s popularity of The Golden Girls. “Gays love old ladies,” she says of the phenomenon, which saw fans from West Hollywood to New York City turn on their TVs between 9 and 9:30 on Saturday nights to watch the exploits of Rose & Co. “I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”
As if it weren’t possible to love her anymore, she goes and gets even MORE lovable … and wait ’til you see a few photos from her Parade photoshoot. Check out Betty White’s Hallowe’en themed photos, after the jump …
You know what, Betty is right … gays DO love old ladies … but EVERYONE loves Betty White :) Wee!!