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Jussie Smollett Confirms His Sexuality: “There’s Never Been A Closet That I’ve Been In”

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After Jussie Smollett’s character on the hit drama Empire came out as gay, there were several conflicting reports regarding the 31-year-old’s personal lifestyle. But in an effort to stop the chatter and ongoing scrutiny, the actor opened up about his sexuality to talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres.

After Jussie wrapped up his segment on The Ellen Show, he and DeGeneres sat down for a private, candid conversation backstage. “It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,” Smollett said. “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.”

“So that’s why I choose not to talk about my personal life,” he explained. “But 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 added, “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.”

“We are human and we love,” he concluded. “I’m honored for this opportunity and I’m honored to be here with you.”

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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