Da Brat made headlines earlier this year when she revealed that she is in a relationship with female entrepreneur Jesseca Dupart.
The announcement brought to an end decades of murmurs about the star’s sexual orientation.
Now 46, the Dish Nation host says it was a personal triumph too.
Speaking to Variety, Da Brat said:
On Her Decision To Come Out:
“I’ve always felt like being private is the better way to go, because then you don’t have so many people in your business. I was fine staying quiet, but my partner is a social media mogul — that’s how she became who she is. And when you get with somebody, you have to meet in the middle. So to me, the middle was just letting everybody know: ‘Hey, she’s the one.’
Jesseca was showing me some pictures and we were going back and forth, joking ‘I’ll post it,’ ‘No, I’ll post it.’ So when she did, I was like, ‘Oh s—! I just came out after 20-something years!’ But it feels good to share with the world when you’re happy.”
On Being In The Closet For Over Two Decades:
“I was always told you want to be f—able to men and women to sell records — you don’t want anybody to discriminate. It was absolutely my decision. I mean, you saw what happened to people like Ellen: Remember when she lost her TV show, and all these horrible things were happening? People were totally against it.”
On Her Family:
“My grandmother [who has enrolled me in etiquette classes in the past] has passed away, but she was sanctified. I would not want anyone in the church to judge her because of what I do. You never want to hurt the people that raised you; you don’t want to disappoint them.
My mom is not, like, jumping for joy. She’s not going to condone it, but she loves me unconditionally. No one in my family has said anything bad or degrading.”
On The Response From The Public:
“Oh, my God, the reaction made me feel like, ‘Why didn’t I do this s— years ago?’ I got so many positive messages, phone calls, and I had at least 1,500 texts. My DMs were flooded too.
There were some people saying, ‘We knew it,’ Well, good for you! Now I know it, and I’m able to say it. I did this on my own terms.”
On How She Identifies:
I had boyfriends in high school, and then I dated guys and girls, so I guess for a long time I was bisexual.”
More power to her.