Outed? Is the Sultan of Brunei’s son gay?


Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah

Perez Hilton has apparently ‘outed’ the Sultan of Brunei’s son as gay after the kingdom enacted brutal laws to execute people for homosexuality.

Prince Abdul Azim, 36, is well known in celebrity circles for his ostentatious parties and has often been spotted spending time with LGBTQ public figures such as Caitlyn Jenner and Gus Kenworthy. He is said to be the fourth in line to the throne.

“Y’all know I don’t out people anymore,” Perez said in a video. “I used to do that back in the day but I’m making an exception here. I’m guessing the Sultan of Brunei doesn’t know that his son, Prince Azim, is a big old homo. I would know because I have spent time with Prince Azim.”

“It’s so hypocritical this guy’s son is a big flamer, and now he’s enacted a law to stone to death gay men,” added Perez.

New Sharia law penalties came into force in Brunei last week, including whipping, torture, and death by stoning for same-sex acts and amputation of a hand and a foot for those found guilty of theft. They have led to protests and calls to boycott Brunei owned businesses around the world.

Prince Azim in 2013 (Pic: Immo Truz)

While it’s not Prince Azim’s fault that his father is a deadly homophobe, could it be justified to out him to the world in order to highlight the horrific new laws in Brunei?

If Prince Azim is indeed gay, he could, in theory, face the death penalty as imposed by his own father. Of course, thanks to his life of wealth and privilege he is unlikely to ever face the same laws as ordinary citizens.

Brunei is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is the prime minister, minister of defence, minister of finance, head of Islam, head of customs, head of the supreme commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the inspector general of the Royal Brunei Police Force.

The Sultan has been ranked among the wealthiest individuals in the world, worth an estimated $20 billion in 2008, and is said to live in a 1,800-room palace.

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