“There’s never been a closet”
Those were the words of popular ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett while chatting with talk show maven Ellen today.Array
Guesting on show to promote the FOX smash, the 31-year-old – who plays rising gay singer Jamal on the Lee Daniels drama – initially avoided the topic of his real-life sexuality. Instead, he requested to sit down with the host in a more intimate setting backstage to open up about his truth.
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“It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,” 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, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home.
So that’s why I choose not to talk bout my personal life. 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. So lets not read into it the wrong when I say that I don’t talk about my personal life, I’m saying that. But it is in no way to hide or deny who god made me. Ya 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”.