Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots Theory: Is Jeffrey Really Gay?

By Jeremy Carden

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Considering that gay marriage has been legalized in the United States, this theory seemed to fit right into real-world events.

I have always suspected Jeffrey’s true self ever since he and Candace went to a gay bar. When Candace asked him what type of gay he was, Jeffrey was completely unsure. This one clue from back in Season 2 has always left me unsure as to whether or not Jeffrey actually knew what he wanted.

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Of course, we all know that he is madly in love with Wyatt Cryer. However, could Jeffrey just be unsure about who he really is?

At this point, I feel that some of you are already divided into groups on this subject. There are some that believe homosexuality is a choice, and others who feel that people are born into homosexuality.

Personally, I am just writing about a fictional character from Tyler Perry’s show. So, just keep that in mind while you read through this blog. With that being said, I just hope that my thoughts do not offend anyone, and just remember that I am referencing a television program.

You have to breakdown Jeffrey’s life from the past to the present. This includes things that were mentioned, but never seen in the show because some dialogue referenced his childhood.

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As a child, Jeffrey never dressed like a girl or played with dolls. Why do I mention this? A drunken Veronica said this sarcastically in the mid-season finale while scolding her son for his homosexual lifestyle. She said that even though he never did those things as a child; he might as well have considering that he is gay.

She also mentioned that when he was a child, he would throw a temper tantrum over nothing and refuse to have his dirty diaper changed. In her eyes, Jeffrey is still that little baby that is going through phases.

Obviously, she thinks that Jeffrey’s gay lifestyle is something that he will simply grow out of, but that may not be the case.

We do know that he, Wyatt and Amanda attended the same summer camp with members of their church. It was during this time that one of the priests was acting inappropriately with Wyatt, Amanda and possibly Jeffrey. Though it was never mentioned, I have reason to believe that Jeffrey may have been “touched” as well.

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He is not a person that would snitch on others, and has pretty much lived his life trapped in the closet. I think that if something did happen at the camp; he kept it to himself.

It seems as if he has always lived a sheltered life, and has been under the iron fist of his mother. Jeffrey never seemed to have an identity outside of what his mother expected of him.

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Wyatt and Amanda appeared to be his only friends, and Wyatt was apparently his best friend. My guess is that the friendship was a bit strained when they went from just being friends to being drug addict and addiction counselor.

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As Veronica put it, the only reason that she assigned him to be Wyatt’s counselor was because she thought that a ladies’ man like Wyatt would be able to put her son on the right path.

Ironic that her intention with Jeffrey was to stop Wyatt from substance abuse, and Wyatt was supposed to lead Jeffrey off of the path of homosexuality. Instead, he ended up falling in love with Wyatt…

Consider it like this, Jeffrey was always silenced by his mother, and was told what to do from a young age. If he was touched by the priest, it may have psychologically affected him in some way. Remember that Amanda began cutting herself, and Wyatt began to abuse alcohol as well as drugs. This is assuming that all 3 were victims at the church camp.

Moving forward with his life, Wyatt was pretty much his only real friend. It never was mentioned that Jeffrey had a girlfriend at any point in his life before the series began. Whether or not he was always in love with Wyatt has yet to be revealed. I think that as they got older, and when he spent every moment with him as his counselor; Jeffrey started to get “feelings.”

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Again, consider that he did not have any friends, and his mother was the controlling force in his life. With Wyatt, he had someone to confide in, and was a companion so to speak. It makes since that he would develop what he thinks are romantic affections towards Wyatt.

He did say that the only reason he could “keep it up” (for a few seconds) during sex with Melissa was because he was thinking of Wyatt.

Do I think that he is in love with Wyatt? Yes, but I am not so sure that he is gay.

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Going back to how he was raised by Veronica (yes David was in his life, but it is clear that Veronica was the authority figure), it appears that Jeffrey never went through a teenage rebellion period in his life.

I think that going against his mother’s wishes as a homosexual is him standing up to her, and doing what he wanted as an act of rebellion. Keep in mind, that I am not saying that being gay is a choice or something one is born into; this is my own perspective from what I gathered from the HAHN.

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When they first met, Candace read Jeffrey like a book! She knew that he was living in the closet, and was not shy about calling him out for it.

In one episode, she even makes out with him, but he is not aroused in the least. As time went on, we see that she truly does care about Jeffrey, and wants what is best for him. Even though you could argue that she wanted him to come out in order to strike a blow to his mother for her.

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Either way, after discovering that he was beaten up for not snitching on her location to Quincy, I think it is safe to say that Candace does care about Jeffrey.

She just wants him to be who he is, and we see this in Season 2 when she lets him stay at her apartment.

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I even thought (and still do) that he and Candy Cane would get together at some point…

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Now we get to the most interesting part of this topic: Landon!

I think that Landon does have real feelings for Jeffrey. Aside from those feelings, I think that Landon has truly been an emotional anchor for Jeffery and his needs. Even though Jeffrey loves Wyatt, he could never give Jeffrey what he deserves. Wyatt is not gay, and he is a very selfish person. He is almost the complete opposite of Jeffrey in every way.

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Landon wants to get to know Jeffrey more and I think the most important thing is that he knows the journey that Jeffery is traveling. Considering that he has been down that road himself, Landon would make for a great traveling partner.

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This leads me to the ending scene from the most recent episode, and what might happen next Tuesday…

Let’s forget about homosexuality for a second, and just talk about these 2 men as people. I do not think that anyone deserves to be used in any selfish way. Personally, I feel that Jeffrey hopping into bed with Landon was nothing more than a rebellious act against his mother.

Considering that Jeffrey FINALLY chewed out Veronica, what would be the best way for him to really stick it to her? By getting into bed with another man!

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This is where Landon was used as nothing more as revenge against Veronica, and I do not like it one bit…

Again, we know that Jeffrey’s feelings are for Wyatt. This is debatable after a drunken Wyatt pretty much writes off Jeffrey as a nuisance and someone he cares nothing about. However, I’m sure Jeffrey knew Wyatt was just in a drunken rage.

Landon was one of the few people on the show that actually had Jeffrey’s best interest at heart. For him to be used as nothing more as a weapon against Veronica…it just doesn’t feel right to me.

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I have even said that Jeffrey will most likely regret his actions in the morning! Based on the picture above, I think that I was correct.

Something else that caught my attention was the look on his face. Compare it to Landon’s in the background. Landon looks satisfied, but Jeffrey looks ashamed. Some might say that he looks confused.

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I have 2 theories on this:

  1. Jeffrey is surprised at his actions, and might be guilty about the whole thing. He figures that he used Landon as nothing more than a way of rebelling against his mother.
  2. Jeffrey figures out that he really isn’t gay!

He does what Landon told him NOT to do back in Season 2, use people as nothing more than experiments in order to discover his sexuality. He and Melissa had sex, and he was not sure if he liked men or women. Then he gets into bed with Landon, and he discovers that it was not what he wanted. If I am not mistaken, he tells Landon that he is not bisexual. Overall, it seems that he is confused.

Jeffrey thinks that being gay was who he is, but in reality it was his way of opposing his mother’s authority.

In the end, these are just my thoughts on what I have observed from the series. I am excited to see what will happen in the new episodes!

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What do you think about this? Do you think that Jeffrey is gay? What will happen after his sexual encounter with Landon?

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4 thoughts on “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots Theory: Is Jeffrey Really Gay?

  1. slott12 says:

    Yeah he’s Gay I think he use to watch Wyatt and the Preist at camp. So Jeffery has in the back of his mind that Wyatt is really Gay too, but Wyatt just doesn’t realize it yet.

  2. […] is not much to say about the Jeffrey and Landon scene that I have not already said before. In an earlier blog about Jeffrey’s sexuality, I predicted that he was using Landon as nothing more than a substitute […]

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