Jussie Smollett is a cast on the new American TV series “Empire.” The handsome actor revealed that he is gay during an interview with Ellen Degeneres. When questioned about the rumors surrounding his sexuality, he said;
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 about 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. … So, let’s not read into it in the wrong way 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, you 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 honestly, we’re human 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.
Jussie Smollett plays the role of Jamal Lyon, the second son of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji .P. Henson). The gay singer’s father tortured him as a child as soon as he noticed his gay traits and refused to accept his son’s sexuality.