Van Damme loves his gay icon status

Updated: Aug 16, 2011, 08:54 AM IST

London: Action superstar Jean-claude Van Damme says he loves his tag as a gay icon and hails his homosexual fans for having a good "taste".

The 50-year-old has no problem being admired by the gay community, but insists they like him because of his personality, not his looks, reported Contactmusic.

"Most gay people are very tasty people. They like beautiful stuff in their lives. If they like me, it means they have taste. They don`t follow me for my butt shots. They like me for me," said Damme.

The actor recentely signed up for a sequel to Sylvester Stallone`s `The Expendables`, opposite Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.