Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jim Nabors aka Gomer Pyle Gets Married To Boyfriend Of 38 Years

Despite being out to friends and co-workers, it was not until yesterday that Jim Nabors officially came out to the world. At the age of 82 he decided it was time. He also told a Hawaii news station that he married his boyfriend of 38 years last week in Seattle where it is now legal for gay people to get married. "I'm 82 and he's in his 60's(64) and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody. I'm very happy that I've had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed.  And, what can I tell you, I'm just very happy."

he also said that he had to do something because of his age and he didn't want his partner to have problems after Jim died and figured this was the best solution and also to show the world how much he loved his boyfriend.

62 comments:

Vera L- said...

SHAZAM!

good for you Jim.

urban chaos said...

Best wishes to them! :). If only more people could just marry and be free to love their partners without scrutiny.

FSP said...

Surprise surprise surprise!

CamColty said...

Very sweet :)

rejectedcarebear said...

That's wonderful! Congrats!!!

libby said...

Oh, I wrote Enty at 5 am, hoping he'd publish this sometime! I was so happy to see this.

ethorne said...

Aww, good for them!

libby said...

...But it was probably already in the DM; I should have checked THAT site before I wrote Enty. duh!

MISCH said...

Good for you, and you are right it's still not easy for gay couples when dealing with hospitals, family and $$$$

Erin B said...

I'm really happy for him especially because I thought he was dead. I truly thought he was. Good for him on the not being dead thing & for his marriage! Congrats!

Renoblondee said...

That's great! Happy for them!

VIPblonde said...

Yay!!!!

Mari said...

Congrats to both of them!
That's a lucky guy, imagine if you could just ask "Jim, sing something, please?"!

ReesesPeace said...

Aww! Much love and happiness to the couple! <3

Vicki Cupper said...

Awww! Mazel Tov!

JSierra said...

These are some stunning photos from Seattle's first day of marriage equality.

phoenix said...

Congratulations! Now I'm wondering if the old rumors about him and Rock Hudson being lovers at one time is true.

dia papaya said...

So sweet! This warms the heart!!!

I'm so glad the times are a changin' :D

theinternetbully said...

@FSP I gotcha, funneeee.

Christopher Cruz said...

I thought he was dead, too. Congrats on getting married AND being alive!!!

Frufra said...

Christopher, that's funny :-). Hooray for Jim and his husband. For a man of his generation to come out - well, I'd say it's a pretty big deal, even if the world already knew. Pretty cool, Gomer.

Layna Day said...

Well, golly! Good for him and his husband.

Agent**It said...

I loved his singing voice.

Topper Madison said...

@FSP Shazam!

Frufra said...

Agent, me too. It was always a little shocking to hear that voice coming out of Gomer Pyle's mouth.

prolixe said...

How sweet! Can't wait until this isn't news anymore!

Tuxedo Cat said...

Like a lot of you older posters I was a fan from when I was little watching The Andy Griffith Show. Jim Nabors = so much talent in one person.

mikey said...

I find myself a little teary and so happy for the two of them!

Frufra said...

His statement seems so sincere and unassuming. I wonder if he'd consider being my adopted Grandpa. I have a few positions open; I'd love it if he'd apply. He seems like a lovely man. I miss all my old people :-(.

Redd said...

aw, Frufra, that is a sweet comment! I miss my old people, too. I guess maybe I am the old people now?

timebob said...

my grandparents were such fans of his music...he does have a nice singing voice.

happy for him and his partner

Robin the Mad Photographer said...

Mazel tov, you two, and may you have many more happy years together!

MadLyb said...

Aw, I love Jim Neighbors! I heard him sing live back in the olden days - great voice. What a sweet, sweet man. Best of luck to them both. Their relationship has lasted longer than almost every hetero one I've ever personally known barring my grams and gramps.

MadLyb said...

Good God, excuse my grammar. :(

auntliddy said...

Yes, all things good for both if you! Jim thanks for hours of pleasure from ur acting and singing:)

EmEyeKay said...

Stories like this make my eyes well up every time.

Also, feel kinda proud to be a Washingtonian. I voted YES.

Snapdragon said...

Sniff! Good for him and MAJOR congrats. Yes, I too cannot wait for the day when this is a non-story.

he didn't want his partner to have problems after Jim died--this is it, right here, #1 reason why it should federally recognized. Jim should not have had to go to Seattle to do this.

discoflux said...

This is beauty.

Cee Kay said...

Aw, I'm a sucker for true love. Congrats to both of them!

LizzardO said...

I was thinking the same thing! Congrats to them.

Gayeld said...

*sigh* God, I hate Prop 8. It makes me ashamed to be from California. I still cannot believe that piece of homophobic crap passed in my state.

Jazzy said...

Yaaay! Congrats to the newlyweds.

Supermom said...

Congrats! I can't wait for the day when everyone can marry the one they love.

All about Eve said...

I love stories like this! Warms my heart but sad that they have to go to another state to do something that should not be illegal for any human being.

lazyday603 said...

That is awesome. Congratulations to the both of them. Did any of you older folks hear the rumor in the mid 1960's that Jim Nabors was secretly married to Rock Hudson? A kid on my block told me that when I was 10 or 11 years old. I couldn't fathom how that was even possible.

Anyway recently I read about the genesis of that old rumor. It seems somebody in the Hollywood gay community printed up a bunch of wedding invitations as a joke inviting you to the wedding of Nabors & Hudson. From there it spread all the way to a suburb of Dallas, TX where a 10 year old heard it.

RocketQueen said...

Aww.....sniff!

Wil said...

Wonderful! I loved him singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the Indianapolis 500 every year .. and of course watching Gomer Pyle on TV - in reruns .. I am not THAT OLD!! - and loved him to pieces.

He always seemed like a genuinely nice, warm human being to me. Wonderful world we are starting to live in, where loved ones can be who they are with who they love.

Mazel Tov to the happy couple!

ljsmed said...

My papaw loved him! This is an awesome story! Makes my day a little brighter.

Sherry said...

Wil I AM that old and remember the show the first time around. Plus I wanted Andy to be my dad.

I knew he was gay but was unaware he had a longtme companion and now, happy he's tied the knot. Good for Gomer!

crila16 said...

Congrats Jim!!! Better late than never.

Mala Propism said...

Despite my late arrival, my day just got brighter b/c of this! Wishing them much happiness!!

Jessie said...

A little bit misty over here. Ahhhh love!

Mango said...

Wow, they were 44 and 26 when they got together.

Congrats, Jim and Stan!

Lynne said...

Wow. I remember watching an interview with Jim Nabors over 30 years ago. In the interview, he confirmed that he had contracted a disease that was either HIV or Hep C. I honestly can't remember which. He VEHEMENTLY denied any gay rumors, and said as far as he could guess, he contracted this illness from "shaving with a dull razor and then taking a shower while in India".

Times have changed...

nudibelle said...

38 years!!! CHEERS to being with anyone for that long

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Awesome! That's heartwarming!

gee-gee said...

This is as warm and fuzzy as a basket full of puppies and kittens. Good for him!

it took forever said...

LOL @libby getting up so early to send enty gossip, too funny

car54 said...

Good for them! Jim looks fantastic for 82. Hope they have a long and happy marriage.

Hendrix said...

YAY for Jim and his new hubby! They look happy and are great role models for stable gay marriages! Take that, you multi-divorcing movie stars!

Mooshki said...

Aww, so sweet!

Zeeky_Boogy_Doog said...

That old Jim Nabors - Rock Hudson rumor was a joke that started when Hudson came out with AIDS, but the last bit always got left off:

"Hey, did you hear that Rock Hudson and Jim Nabors got married? Yeah, he changed his name to Rock Pyle!"

I don't know if there was truth behind it, but that's the origin.