Jim Parsons ... has been in a relationship with a man for 10 years.

Jim Parsons ... has been in a relationship with a man for 10 years. Photo: Getty Images

The Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons has skipped the "I'M GAY!" magazine cover approach to coming out: Far down in a New York Times profile on Wednesday was the subtle mention that the two-time Emmy winner has been in a same-sex relationship for a decade.

The blink-and-you'll miss it aside appeared in a story about Parsons' starring stint in the Broadway production of Harvey.

Discussing Parsons' small role in the play The Normal Heart - about gay men dying of AIDS - the story noted: "The Normal Heart resonated with him on a few levels: Mr Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said."

Parsons played young gay activist Tommy Boatwright in the play.

While this may be the first official confirmation of Parsons' sexuality, the National Enquirer attempted to "out" the actor in 2010 by writing that he was engaged to his boyfriend, Todd Spiewak.

Parsons' publicist has not yet responded for comment.

Reuters