Jussie Smollett who plays Jamal on Empire, discussed his sexuality on the latest episode of Ellen. Smollett told Ellen:
“It was really important to make sure that it got across that there is no closet. There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in… I have a home and that is my responsibility, to protect that home. So that’s why I choose not to talk about my personal life. But there is without a doubt no closet that I’ve ever been in.”
Smollett wanted to make it clear that his desire for privacy is not linked to shame:
“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. So lets 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. 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.”
Watch the entire interview here.