Jeremy Renner responds to gay rumors Published June 30, 2015 Jeremy Renner says the rumors about him on the internet only assure him that he's made it in Hollywood. The "Avengers: Age of Ultron" actor recalls that when he recently Googled himself. "The first thing that comes up is 'Jeremy Renner gay,'" he told Playboy magazine, taking it as a sign that he had arrived. "You're now a giant movie star." In all seriousness, Renner doesn't pay the rumors about his sexuality any attention. "I don't care [if people think I'm gay]," he explained. "F--king say whatever the hell you want about me. Look at where we're at socially -- leaps and bounds ahead of where we started." "That's an amazing thing. To suggest that it's negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever -- I just don't get it," Renner continued. "Don't you wish we were in a world where we're not shaming, judging and boxing people in?" Instead of focusing on what's being said about him, the 44-year-old actor would rather draw his attention to his 2-year-old daughter, Ava, whom he shares with actress/model Sonni Pacheco. "I see anything that takes me away from my daughter, whether it's something good like making 'Mission: Impossible 5' or something bad like my divorce, as a distraction and an obstacle," Renner said. "Now, if anything takes me away and I don't get to see her, I just won't do it. I don't care what you pay me. All my energy goes toward her and her well-being." This isn't the first time Renner has expressed how his role as a father has changed how he looks at acting. In fact, he told Ellen DeGeneres that his love of being a dad has "kind of screwed" his career.