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Empire's Jussie Smollett Comes Out as Gay: 'There Is No Closet'

Empire's Jussie Smollett Comes Out as Gay: 'There Is No Closet'

Jussie Smollett has publicly come out as a gay man in a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

The 31-year-old Empire actor decided not to discuss the topic while filming his interview for the talk show, but then asked Ellen if they could film another segment backstage afterward to open up about his personal life.

“It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,” Jussie 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, 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,” he added. “So let’s 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,” Jussie continued. “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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  • Jennifer

    Yay! #OneLove

  • onehunnit

    Good for him. Love the Show!

  • Meyer Lansky

    go kill yourself if you were surprised

  • Rex

    Go him ;)

    He’s so cute and talented.

  • AussieB

    Can we stop obsessing about actors’ sexual orientations? And does every gay role now have to go to a gay actor. ITs great that gay actors are getting roles and that gay people are more visible in all kinds of roles. But gay actors are ACTORS first and should be able to play all sorts of roles and not just cast as the gay one. And we also shouldn’t assume that an actor who plays a gay role like Jack Falahee on How To Get Away With Murder is gay. Actors act. Whether youre gay or straight, you should be able to play any role. Not that there is an obvious gay role – after all, if that were the case, no one would shave to come out because it would be obvious. But its not. So let Matt Bomer play Christian Gray …Let Zachary Quinto play Spock…. Let Neil Patrick Harris play Barney Stinson. Actors act..and a good actor can play gay, straight, bi, trans or anything else. A person’s personal life – sexuality, marital status, etc should have nothing to do with their acting.

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    at this point in history it is important that gay famous people do come out of the closet as gay youth really need roll models and to feel good about themselves … we will eventually get to the point where it won’t matter but today at this point in time it really does matter. Hollywood’s don’t ask don’t tell policy is still in full effect with half of hollywood in the closet because it will destroy their careers because redneck america won’t buy movie tickets if they new gay people were involved in their favorite movies.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    God, do we have to hear about this every single damn day?

  • Johnny Serna

    what’s up with the ripped couch tho?

  • Benny Ehud

    He got the role b/c he was gay. Lee Daniels is one of the fruitiest guys in Hollywood. Of course he was going to have a real homosexual on the show.

  • Kaal Kaczmarek

    A real homosexual…..dude, you are boring and yeah THAT was the only reason he was cast-not that he’s uber-talented at singing, acting and dancing.

  • Kaal Kaczmarek

    God: ‘Go get a life, Penny’

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Tell it the gays who can’t stop shoving their sex lives in everyone’s faces.

  • Benny Ehud

    I didn’t say he wasn’t talented. I said that being gay is probably what got him the job. Being gay was probably the tipping point.

  • solargeknowles

    WHAT THE F**K AT THIS TITLE!

    He doesn’t speak about his personal life, PERIOD. I knew he was gay for the longest. Him and Raven acted as each other’s beards back in the day.

    Maybe because Black Hollywood isn’t necessarily mainstream is why people must have not known. But he was never in the closet. I mean look at his twitter and his instagram.

    This bugs me so f**king much.

  • Milly Thomas

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  • Milly Thomas

    Brooklyn . I just agree… Christopher `s c0mment is exceptional… last tuesday I bought BMW sincee geting a check for $7001 this-past/4 weeks and just a little over $10 thousand this past-month . this is definitely the most comfortable job I have ever done . I started this five months/ago and straight away started bringing in over $87, p/h . Visit Website-=====

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  • Joher

    Um… I didn’t even know who he was until now.

  • Kaal Kaczmarek

    funny how homophobes use such sexual imagery to make their points….methinks Penny thinks a lot about getting things shoved in her face

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Um, any discussion about SEXUALITY is about SEX. Do you honestly not see the word SEX in “sexuality”?

    This whole agenda with gays is absolutely about sex. More to the point: it’s about how THEY have sex. And a lot of us are just sick and fucking tired of it.

  • Tammy Martin

    Who cares if he’s gay or not! This world is screwed up! There’s more
    important and drastic things going on than this guy confessing his
    sexuality. I guess the blogger is right on: http://preyingnarcissist.blogspot.com/2015/03/why-fox-tv-show-empire-jussie-smolet.html

  • Kaal Kaczmarek

    I think the sex in ‘Empire’ has been totally tasteful -straight or gay. The kinkiest sex has been Andre’s role playing with his wife. Think there has been ONE gay sex scene so far in about six episodes compared to, I don’t know, at least one or two per episode of straight stuff. I think the only way you could say this is being ‘shoved down your throat’ is if you are watching that scene again and again and again……Love is love, hate ain’t healthy Penny.

  • Kaal Kaczmarek

    Wow, so a super-talented gay guy gets hired to play the part of a super-talented gay guy. That’s a real shocker….Thanks for changing ‘real homosexual’ to ‘gay’ btw -makes us sound like endangered animals in a wildlife documentary, ‘And here we have, browsing innocently in the deli section, a real homosexual….Notice the immaculate grooming and superior feeding habits which distinguish it from its straight companion…’;)

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Are you really this stupid? I don’t watch the show. Never heard of it. I was referring to the actor discussing his sex life in an interview — that’s the topic of this post.

  • Benny Ehud

    Gay, homosexual? What would you like me to call you? LOL

    You seem to be making jokes. The sad thing is that it isn’t really funny. Men having intercourse with men is an abomination according to Torah. It’s really sad that individuals like you think that people like me have the problem.

  • PuLLitYouWnt

    this is news? you could tell by how comfortable he was with those scenes. there`s acting and then there is business as usual. if you needed him to come out to confirm that for you then you need to work on your radar. he`s still very talented as is his sister and i love the show just like everybody else. but c`mon yall, seriously?

  • Barbara Mays

    Who are we to judge? God has the first and final word on everything. When judgement day comes then Jussie Smollett will be judged. He has amazing talents, can’t we just go with that? He is not the first gay actor and for sure he won’t be the last. Let it go people.

  • Benny Ehud

    The God of the Torah has already ruled on it. Homosexual ACTS are wrong. God has judged the ACTS. People can always change their behavior.

  • Bide Ladie

    So what if he’s Gay? He’s human first! And..he’s so beautiful!

  • Lucy68

    Aint he and that Australian actor Summer Nicks dating? They make the cutest couple.