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Empire's Jussie Smollett Explains His Decision to Come Out

Empire's Jussie Smollett Explains His Decision to Come Out

Jussie Smollett is speaking out after coming out as gay earlier in the week.

“It was a bigger deal to everyone than it was for me,” the 31-year-old Empire actor told Variety. “But at the same time I do understand why it is something to talk about.”

“I didn’t talk to Ellen [DeGeneres] so that people could, be like ‘oh my God, let’s see what Jussie does in his bedroom in his private life.’ But I did talk to her so that people understood that they’re not alone. That’s all,” Jussie added.

Jussie also talked about getting to play a gay character on the biggest show on television right now.

“You don’t always get these experiences as an artist of [playing] roles where you feel the impact of what you’re doing, but I do. And that as an artist, as an activist, as a man, it’s feeding my soul,” he said.

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