A young Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has revealed that when he was young his mother took him to the doctor because she thought he was gay.
Schwarzenegger told the Austrian newspaper Krone that his mother became concerned about his sexual orientation because his wall was covered with pictures of male bodybuilders.
“As a young boy my room was plastered with photos of bodybuilders. Naked, oiled male bodies. That got my mother so concerned, she asked our family doctor one day to take a look at that. ‘Other boys put images of women on their walls, and mine does this!’ She actually believed I was gay. Well, there’s nothing wrong with that, but for her it was unimaginable back then,” said Schwarzenegger.
“However, the doctor, a wise man, calmed her down. Everyone had idols, he said, others would hang up pictures of the Beatles, even though they were men as well. ‘Look at it like this, Mrs. Schwarzenegger: as an athlete he surely won’t start to smoke or drink!’ That assured her. Her worry lines stayed though,” he added.
Schwarzenegger went on to win Mr. Universe at age 20 and won the Mr. Olympia title seven times before starting his acting career.