“Empire” Actor Jussie Smollett Comes Out To Ellen: “There’s Never Been A Closet”


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In a recent backstage interview with Ellen Degeneres, Empire star Jussie Smollett confirmed that he is indeed gay

Smollett, who plays gay musician Jamal on the red-hot Fox drama, had been steadfastly opaque about his sexuality, even after his co-star Malik Yoba essentially outed him in an interview.

While Smollett did not address the subject during his on-air Ellen segment, he asked if they could film a second segment backstage, telling her that she has been an inspiration for him.

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“It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,” said the 31-year-old actor. “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 also clarified…

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