Jussie is setting the record straight. The rising star of the breakout hit ‘Empire’ revealed to Ellen that he is gay in an all-new interview. Click to WATCH his powerful message.
Jussie Smollett, 31, has come out as a gay man but wants you to know “there’s never been a closet” that he’s been hiding in regarding his sexuality. The Empire star, who plays aspiring singer Jamal, sat down with Ellen DeGeneres after his March 8 appearance to talk from his heart. Just like his strong-willed character on the hip hop soap, Jussie’s message about his personal life is nothing short of inspirational.
Jussie Smollett Is Gay: ‘Empire’ Star Comes Out On ‘Ellen’
“It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,”Jussie told Ellen after her show. “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.”
“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’s character on Empire — Jamal Lyon — is openly gay despite the disapproval of hip hop father Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard). Jussie has never openly discussed his personal life until now.
Watch the full interview below:
Jussie is such an inspiration both on and offscreen. We applaud him for being so open with Ellen and his fans.
‘Empire’: The Biggest Breakout TV Hit Of The Year
If you’re not watching Empire, then you’re doing life wrong. The FOX show gathers new viewers on a weekly basis and is changing the face of television.
The show centers on the Lyon family, which includes three brothers — Jamal, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and Andre (Trai Byers) — pinned against each other by their father to see who will eventually reign over the music empire he’s created. And then there’s Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), the sassy and unforgettable matriarch of the Lyon family. Seriously, the show is sensational from beginning to end. One episode and you’ll be hooked, and that’s a guarantee.
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— Avery Thompson