on Wednesday read between the lines of a The New York Times piece to suggest that actor-directors James Franco and Scott Haze are involved in a romantic relationship.

In James Franco: On his Plate, Steak (and Many Projects), the Times reported that Franco and Haze met about a decade ago, are “so close that describing them merely as friends would be a disservice,” and are “sharing an apartment in Brooklyn this summer.”

That was enough for's J.K. Trotter to conclude that in addition to playing a necrophiliac named Lester Ballard in Franco's recent film, Child of God, Haze also “appears to be playing: Franco's live-in boyfriend.”

Trotter described their relationship as “somewhat ambiguous, seemingly gay, probably romantic” and criticized the Times' squeamishness on the subject of formerly closeted celebrities, such as CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Franco, who has fueled speculation about his sexuality with numerous gay roles, projects and assorted stunts, responded in an Instagram post: “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!!!!”