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This is a question that has been going around on the internet, and I'm not sure if J.K. Rowling has answered it. If someone could find a quote or interview or tweet etc. of J.K. Rowling replying to this question, that would be great.

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    Lupin was, at least according to the Director of PoA; vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/05/… - "Alfonso Cuarón, in the rehearsals, without J.K. Rowling’s knowledge, told me that [my character] was, in fact, gay. So I’d been playing a part like a gay man for quite a long time. Until it turned out that I indeed got married to Tonks. I changed my whole performance after that. Just saw it as a phase he went through." – Valorum Aug 31 '17 at 19:28
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    No... he's dead. – user31178 Aug 31 '17 at 19:38
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    @D.O.B.Y2.0 - I suspect it's because site users want to discourage endless speculation about the sexuality of characters in fiction – Valorum Aug 31 '17 at 20:07
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    @Valorum - Why wouldn’t they presume that Lupin was simply bisexual? Bisexual people do exist. ;) For some reason people seem to think that anyone who has a relationship with women and men needs to be a gay person in the closet (as opposed to an openly bisexual person). – Adamant Aug 31 '17 at 21:09
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    Funny, despite it being a popular fan theory i never thought Lupin was gay/bisexual... but methinks Sirius was so deep in the closet he was reaching Narnia – user68762 Aug 31 '17 at 23:22
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No

Sirius liked women

The teenage Sirius had plastered the walls with so many posters and pictures that little of the walls’ silvery-gray silk was visible. Harry could only assume that Sirius’s parents had been unable to remove the Permanent Sticking Charm that kept them on the wall, because he was sure they would not have appreciated their eldest son’s taste in decoration. Sirius seemed to have gone out of his way to annoy his parents. There were several large Gryffindor banners, faded scarlet and gold, just to underline his difference from all the rest of the Slytherin family. There were many pictures of Muggle motorcycles, and also (Harry had to admire Sirius’s nerve) several posters of bikini-clad Muggle girls; Harry could tell that they were Muggles because they remained quite stationary within their pictures, faded smiles and glazed eyes frozen on the paper. This was in contrast to the only Wizarding photograph on the walls, which was a picture of four Hogwarts students standing arm in arm, laughing at the camera.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 10

Women liked Sirius

It had never occurred to Remus that Tonks could return his feelings because he had become so used to considering himself unclean and unworthy. One night when they lay in hiding outside a known Death Eater’s house, after a year of increasingly warm friendship, Tonks made an idle remark about one of their fellow Order members (‘He’s still handsome, isn’t he, even after Azkaban?’). Before he could stop himself, Remus had replied bitterly that he supposed she had fallen for his old friend (‘He always got the women.’). At this, Tonks became suddenly angry. ‘You’d know perfectly well who I’ve fallen for, if you weren’t too busy feeling sorry for yourself to notice.’

Pottermore - "Remus Lupin" (Read it for free on Pottermore's website or buy it for only $2.99.)

Note that Rowling considers having previous relationships with women to be an indicator that a character is not gay.

Recently I was in a script read through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying I knew a girl once, whose hair… [laughter]. I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, “Dumbledore’s gay!”
J. K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall, 19 October 2007


Since I posted this answer the question has been edited to specifically ask whether JK Rowling ever answered the question.

In September of 2016, Rowling updated her twitter bio to say:
"FAQ answers: 1) Because the Basilisk didn't kill him 2) Next year, I hope 3) Yes 4) Wait and see 5) No, he isn't 6) No, he really isn't 7) Yes, I'm sure."

This for some inexplicable reason led a lot of people to assume that Rowling was saying that Sirius wasn't gay.

hoImesnwatson: are questions 5, 6 and 7 about sirius???? i'm confused pls answer

J.K. Rowling: No, the last three 'answers' in my bio refer to the person who has dominated my notifications for the past 5 days.
I would have thought it was kind of obvious if you look back over my timeline.
Thanks for the polite question, though!

Twitter

To the best of my knowledge this is the only time that Rowling directly responded to someone asking a question about Sirius's sexuality. And Rowling has previously said that she would never hold back information on characters being gay if directly asked.

Razia Iqbal: You've just come back from a tour in the States where you made the news in all kinds of ways, not least because you revealed that Dumbledore is gay. Had you always seen him as gay in your mind?

J.K. Rowling: Yeah. Always. No one ever asked me. No one ever asked me "Has he ever been in love?" or "Who did he love?" No. People have been very focused on what happens to Harry. So I've never been asked a direct question. And because I have never been asked a direct question, and also because to answer it would immediately flag up an infatuation that happens in Book Seven, I've never said it. If I've been asked, though, I would have said it, of course.
Iqbal, Razia. Videotaped interview of J.K. Rowling, BBC News, 1 November 2007.

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    Sounds like he's over-compensating.... – Valorum Aug 31 '17 at 19:44
  • Speculation. It's pretty much a trope in fiction that LGBT characters hide behind hetero persona. Deitrich in V for Vendetta was known for his exploits with all the ladies... A carefully constructed facade. This also happens in reality. You can have a male that likes pictures of scantily clad women, but is also queer. This is why questions like this shouldn't be asked or answered, because you've conflated sexuality with public presentation of heteronormative social expectations, which happens every time such discussions come up. – user31178 Aug 31 '17 at 21:00
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    @CreationEdge - It’s fair to say that there are many gay characters (and people in real life) who are “in the closet.” But at the same time, it’s probably a lot more likely that a character who’s written as having only opposite-sex relationships, without any hinting at them being LBG, is actually heterosexual, isn’t it? – Adamant Aug 31 '17 at 21:06
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    @CreationEdge - Oh, Sirius could easily be gay or bisexual. And of course, in real life it would silly to presume someone's sexuality based on the fact that they're in an opposite-sex relationship - or indeed even that they're married to an opposite-sex partner, have a child, etc. I'm just saying that in fiction, by conservation of detail, it's reasonable to suppose that someone who's shown in an opposite sex relationship is probably bisexual or heterosexual. You could ask the author (you agree that Dumbledore is gay, right?), but they'd probably just tell you the same thing. – Adamant Aug 31 '17 at 21:44
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    @CreationEdge - I'm not talking about Sirius. I already said he could easily be gay or bisexual. We have scant clues toward his sexuality. I'm talking more about the case where a fictional is in a relationship (possibly more than one), but we can't, as you say, see inside their head. Say we had seen Dumbledore with his boyfriend, for example (as we will in FB). – Adamant Aug 31 '17 at 22:09
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JKR never stated either way (but she said he had no girlfriend).

J.K. Rowling does say that Sirius never married because he was “too busy being a rebel”.

Does Harry have a godmother? If so, will she make an appearance in future books?

No, he doesn’t. I have thought this through. If Sirius had married… Sirius was too busy being a big rebel to get married. When Harry was born, it was at the very height of Voldemort fever last time so his christening was a very hurried, quiet affair with just Sirius, just the best friend. At that point it looked as if the Potters would have to go into hiding so obviously they could not do the big christening thing and invite lots of people. Sirius is the only one, unfortunately. I have got to be careful what I say there, haven’t I?
Edinburgh Book Festival interview (August 15, 2004)

She further mentions in a different interview when asked the same question that he didn’t have a girlfriend, either.

ES: Who is Harry's godmother?

JKR: Didn't have one.

ES: Really?

JKR: Well, Sirius never had time to get a girlfriend, let alone marry.
- Leaky Cauldron interview (July 16, 2005)

However, she doesn’t say anything about Sirius’s preferences either way.

There isn’t any canon evidence that he is...

There’s nothing in either the books or movies that shows Sirius Black as having either a relationship or attraction to a guy, nor is there an after-the-fact declaration that he was gay. There are a few quotes that some fans interpret in a way that implies that Sirius was in love with Remus Lupin such as them “embracing like brothers”, but there’s nothing that’s anywhere near close to stating that he was.

...but there’s only slight canon evidence that he isn’t.

Sirius Black is never mentioned as having a serious relationship with anyone, whether male or female. The only thing indicating he might be interested in women is that he had pictures of Muggle women in bikinis on his wall, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he was attracted to women.

“Harry could only assume that Sirius’s parents had been unable to remove the Permanent Sticking Charm that kept them on the wall, because he was sure they would not have appreciated their eldest son’s taste in decoration. Sirius seemed to have gone out of his way to annoy his parents. There were several large Gryffindor banners, faded scarlet and gold, just to underline his difference from all the rest of the Slytherin family. There were many pictures of Muggle motorcycles, and also (Harry had to admire Sirius’s nerve) several posters of bikini-clad Muggle girls; Harry could tell that they were Muggles because they remained quite stationary within their pictures, faded smiles and glazed eyes frozen on the paper.”
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 10 (Kreacher’s Tale)

It seems like most of Sirius’s decorating style is designed to annoy his parents - which also means he’d expect they’d see it. With their strict desire to keep the Black bloodline pure, Sirius’s parents would be likely more upset with him being interested in Muggle women than Muggle men - with a Muggle woman he could reproduce and taint the bloodline. If he’s simply trying to anger his parents, that might get a bigger reaction.

He was also shown to be somewhat popular with girls, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence in the books that he was pursuing them back.

“Sirius was lounging in his chair at his ease, tilting it back on two legs. He was very good-looking; his dark hair fell into his eyes with a sort of casual elegance neither James’s nor Harry’s could ever have achieved, and a girl sitting behind him was eyeing him hopefully, though he didn’t seem to have noticed.”
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape’s Worst Memory)

In fact, I couldn’t find any evidence of him actually showing interest in a girl. James is shown taking an interest in the girls who followed him around Hogwarts, but Sirius never was shown as interested - he was haughty and aloof.

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