slams a story about his relationship with actor Scott Haze, calling the piece "homophobic scoop." The actor/director took to Instagram on Wednesday, August 6 to call out a gossip site for their report, writing, "GAWKER - always getting the cutting edge, homophobic scoop!!! Go see CHILD OF GOD in theaters and see me direct my live-in boyfriend, SCOTT HAZE!!! Love you SCOTT!!!!"
The Gawker article, based on a piece by , highlighted info that Franco and his "" co-star are living in a same apartment. According to the original piece, both actors met when they were acting students a decade ago and now they are "so close that describing them merely as friends would be a disservice."