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Cynthia Erivo Explains Why She Came Out as Queer Later in Life

Cynthia Erivo Explains Why She Came Out as Queer Later in Life

Cynthia Erivo is opening up about her coming out experience and why she came out later in life.

The 35-year-old two-time Oscar-nominated actress, who will play Elphaba in the upcoming Wicked movies, appeared on the latest episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, airing on Friday (September 23).

Cynthia, who is in a relationship with Lena Waithe, said that she didn’t know how to describe her feelings for most of her life.

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“I don’t think I had the language to even know what was going on,” Cynthia said. “It’s come much later to me now, and it’s just wonderful now to be me, really. And it’s made space creatively to just let go of whatever I was hiding. You don’t realize you’re doing that, putting so much energy behind it – once you take the energy away from concealing something that is so a part of you that you can’t hide, you can put it elsewhere.”

“I knew something was different, but I didn’t know what. Like, ‘What do I call this? What do I say about it?’” Cynthia continued. “I think sometimes we assume every queer person knows it from the beginning. Most of us do, but we don’t necessarily know the language until someone says, ‘Hey, these are words you might want to use. These are expressions you might want to use. Here is some space for you so you can speak about yourself without someone else telling you.’”

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