Richard John Steves Jr., popularly known as Rick Steves, is a travel writer, novelist, activist, and TV personality from the United States. His travel philosophy encourages individuals to visit less-touristy sections of locations and immerse themselves in the locals’ way of life.
Since 2000, he has presented Rick Steves’ Europe, a public television travel show. Steves also hosts a public radio show called Travel with Rick Steves and has written several travel books, the first being the famous Europe Through the Back Door.
In 2006, he became a syndicated newspaper writer, and in 2010, his firm produced “Rick Steves’ Audio Europe,” a mobile phone application that includes self-guided walking tours and geographic information.
While his novels fulfill most people’s adventure needs, some want to learn more about the author. There are rumors of Steves being gay. Look deeper into the author’s life.
Is Rick Steves gay?
Steves has never spoken publicly or in the media about his sexual orientation. He is reticent, striving to keep his personal and business lives apart.
He is, nevertheless, very passionate about his profession and has always shown the finest of his travel experiences via his writings. However, after his divorce, people started questioning his sexuality.
Rick Steve’s Europe, a trip documentary, launched him into the public limelight. He recorded his family’s exploration of Europe’s hidden treasures for years. It felt like an endless vacation at first, but we saw less and less of his family over the following five years.
Instead, Steves was exploring new places with his male companion, some lovely and romantic. It didn’t take long for fans to try to connect the dots with the guy and assume that he’s gay. The evidence, however, was unclear.
A decade later, the travel enthusiast stunned everyone, once again sparking the gay rumors, by posting the Gay Travel in Europe post on Facebook on March 2017.
Rick Steves in front of the Roman Colosseum (Source: Instagram)
While most LGBTQ communities commented on their experiences, some assumed that the author was gay. Regardless, we won’t know if Steves is gay until he comes out, but several media outlets have stated that he isn’t gay.
Rick Steves is a father of two
In the 1980s, Steves married his long-term girlfriend, Anne. They were married for almost 30 years before they decided to split. The couple split in 2010 due to personal disagreements.
The travel writer and his wife have two children; Andy Steves and Jackie Steves. Andy, their son, followed in his father’s footsteps, established his own travel firm, Weekend Student Adventures Europe, and wrote Andy Steves’ Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget.
His daughter, Jackie, also likes to travel with her family. “Kicking off a new blog by my kids, Jackie and Andy, as they travel through Southeast Asia,” he once tweeted.
Steves stayed single for a long time after his split with his wife, Anne. According to Celebshaunt, almost nine years later, in 2019, he discovered love in Shelley Brian Wee, a Bishop by profession.
Since then, the two have been dating and spending much time traveling together. Having said that, there have not been any recent updates about their relationship and if the love birds are still dating.
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