Jussie Smollett Discusses Sexuality on the Ellen Show

If you are an avid watcher of the FOX show ‘Empire’, then you know exactly who Jussie Smollett or Jamal Lyons is. In the hit show, Smollett plays a gay man whose father is a successful music prodigy who is trying to find his way through life and the music industry with his sexuality.

However, with so many straight actors and actresses playing gay roles, questions began to arise if Jussie was in fact gay or if it was just a roll he was playing. Well on an episode of “The Ellen Degeneres Show” that aired on March 9th, 2015, Smollett cleared the air stating that:

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“It was very, very important to me that, as my first performance and talk show that it was with you. You’ve been such an inspiration to so many, but also to me,” he told Ellen. “What you’ve done with, in 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. And he was just Michael and you’re just Ellen, so it was really important to me to make sure that it got across that 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.”

It’s so commendable to see a gay man be so comfortable in his own skin.

 

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