‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Comes Out as Gay
Willie Grace | 3/10/2015, 5:21 p.m.
Jussie Smollett has come out of the closet…although he is adamant that he was never in the closet.
During a guest appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the actor who plays Lucious Lyon’s gay son Jamal on Fox’s hit drama “Empire” came out publicly as a gay man.
“There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet…I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home,” he told Ellen.
The 31-year-old chose not to speak about his personal life during the main interview for the daytime talk show, but asked Ellen to film a special sit-down chat with him backstage shortly afterwards.
He then spoke openly about his sexuality, saying, “It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet.”
He continued, “There is without a doubt, no closet that I’ve ever been in, and I just wanted to make that clear. But it was most important for me to make that clear to you on your show at this time in the world. And that’s where I’m at.”
Smollett further explained, “Let’s not read into it the wrong way when I say that I don’t talk about my personal life. I’m saying that, but there is no way to hide or deny who God made me, you know?”
“My mama knows, my mama likes me a lot. And yes, I take her to The Sound of Music sing-along every single year. So, any questions? But you know, honestly, we’re humans and we love and we do all that good stuff. So I’m honored for this opportunity and I’m honored to be here with you.”
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