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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