Singer and actor Jussie Smollett, who stars on the Fox drama Empire, plays a gay singer on the series that deals with his father’s homophobia (played by actor Terrence Howard).
Smollett’s real-life sexuality has been a topic of conversation and he finally decided to confirm that he is gay in real life. The actor wanted to have a sit-down backstage with Ellen DeGeneres to get it off his chest.
As we all realize, a person’s sexuality is really not anyone’s business. But we all can’t help but be curious as humans.
Personally, we feel being gay or straight is personal, just as your preference for sexual positions is private, whether you enjoy it doggy-style or missionary position in the bedroom.
We applaud the actor for being brave and coming forward though, knowing plenty of people will want to have their say on the matter.
On Empire, Jussie plays the role of Jamal Lyon, the son of Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) that has to deal with his father’s homophobia.
In real life, Smollett’s sexuality has been a topic of conversation and he is ready to just set the record straight.
During an interview with Sway Calloway for his satellite radio show, Jussie was asked about his sexual preference and he declined to discuss his personal life.
Shortly after Jussie’s interview, his “Empire” co-star Malik Yoba appeared to confirm Jussie was gay. Malik later said he was misquoted and that he was referring to Jussie’s character on the show.
Jussie met up with Ellen DeGeneres backstage after taping his segment with her, wanting to chat with the host.
The 31-year-old actor opened up to Ellen, saying, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
Jussie told Ellen (who is openly gay) that she has been a huge inspiration to him and others. He admires her work she has done for the LGBT community.
Smollet told DeGeneres, “What you’ve done within the LGBT community is very much, in my opinion, kind of like what Michael Jackson did with the black community. Just that, you are who you are. You’re just Ellen. So it was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet.”
He ended the conversation saying, “Boom! Now y’all don’t even gotta ask no more.”