If you’re one of those people who’ve wondered if art was imitating life in the case of Empire star Jussie Smollett, then wonder no more. The actor who plays the gay son of Luscious Lyons talked with Ellen DeGeneres after his recent appearance on her show about the rumor that he and Jamal share the same sexual orientation. Jussie says it’s no secret. He has never been in the closet to begin with.
“There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in. 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.”
Ellen shared her feelings on giving Jussie a platform to open up since the rumors were swirling.
“I think when I brought up the fact that your character came out and we talked about it and you were expressing yourself, I think a lot of people are still questioning and when we finished the show they were like, ‘Is he, isn’t he?’ There are questions out there so I think that’s why it was my responsibility to at least give you the opportunity. And I am so proud of you that you say there is no closet. There never has been a closet.”
“Boom. Now you don’t even gotta ask no more.”
There are plenty of girls whose hearts just shattered lol, but I’m pretty sure that not much else will change for Jussie. He’ll still be a heart throb and Empire will continue to reign supreme.