Raven Symone, the former star of “Cosby Show” and “That’s So Raven”, hasn’t gone down the same troubled road as some former child stars.
Raven sat down for an interview with Oprah and made it clear that she doesn’t want to be labeled in any way.
Symone opened up to Oprah on a recent show called “Where Are They Now”, discussing her sense of self and her sexuality.
Raven has been relatively quiet about her personal life, but tweeted last year after the Supreme Court ruled the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional that appeared to be her officially “coming out”.
Oprah asked her if this was her way of saying she is gay.
Raven said, “That was my way of saying I’m proud of the country. But, I will say that I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman.”
“People in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible. So, I try my best to hold the fence where I can,” Raven says. “But I am proud to be who I am and what I am.”
The actress says she has always known before she was even a teenager. “In that topic of dating… I knew when I was, like, 12,” she tells Oprah. “I was looking at everything.”
She said she has no reason to actually define her sexuality and doesn’t want anyone else to do it for her.
“I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay,'” Raven says. “I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans.'”
Symone tells Oprah that she rejects the notion of labels completely in all areas of her life. “I’m tired of being labeled,” she says. “I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American.”
The remark seems to catch Oprah off guard. “Oh, girl,” Oprah says, shifting in her chair. “Don’t set up the Twitter on fire… Oh, my lord. What did you just say?”
“I mean, I don’t know where my roots go to,” Raven explains. “I don’t know how far back they go… I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person.”
“You’re going to get a lot of flak for saying you’re not African-American. You know that, right?” Oprah asks.
Raven puts her hands up. “I don’t label myself,” she reiterates. “I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian, I connect with Asian, I connect with Black, I connect with Indian, I connect with each culture.”
“You are a melting pot in one body,” Oprah says.
“Aren’t we all?” Raven asks. “Isn’t that what America’s supposed to be?”
It’s refreshing to see a former child star that is intelligent and doesn’t give in to the pressures of fame.
We hope the Lindsay Lohan’s and Justin Bieber’s of the world were listening to this interview.
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