Jim Parsons Quietly Comes Out

05/23/2012 at 04:15 PM EDT

Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory Star, Is Gay
Jim Parsons
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Jim Parsons has quietly come out of the closet.

In a new profile in the New York Times, The Big Bang Theory star is matter-of-factly described "gay and in a 10-year relationship."

Parsons never directly addresses his sexuality or elaborates on the remark in the profile, and his rep had no additional comment when reached.

The Times profile couches its revelation in the context of the actor's most recent Broadway role as Tommy Boatwright in Larry Kramer's powerful play, The Normal Heart, about gay men dying of AIDS in New York in the '80s.

According to the profile, "The Normal Heart resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said."

Parsons, 39, has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award for his role as Sheldon Cooper on the hit CBS comedy.

He is currently appearing in the comedy Harvey on Broadway.

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