Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on the CBS hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, has ended years of speculation about his sexual orientation.

Parsons' low-key coming out is buried deep inside a profile published Wednesday by The New York Times.

While referring to Parsons' previous role playing AIDS activist Tommy Boatwright in the Broadway production of The Normal Heart, the paper wrote: “Mr Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said.”

The 39-year-old Parsons did not elaborate on his decision to publicly confirm his sexuality.

Parsons returns to the stage this summer, leading a Broadway cast in the revival of the comedy Harvey. In the play, Parsons plays Elwood P. Dowd, a character synonymous with Jimmy Stewart, who played Dowd on Broadway and in the 1950 film.

“People may not like me as Elwood, people may say 'I enjoyed Jimmy Stewart more,'” Parsons told the Times.

The coming out follows those of White Collar star Matt Bomer and Star Trek's Zachary Quinto, both of whom also shunned the big coming out interview in favor of a brief mention.