During his guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Empire star Jussie Smollett came out publically as a gay man.

The 31-year-old actor chose not to speak about his personal life during the main interview for the daytime talk show, but asked Ellen DeGeneres to film a special sit-down chat with him backstage shortly afterwards.

Smollett then spoke openly about his sexuality during the interview, saying:


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 dressed, but I don’t have a closet…I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home.”


Watch both interview segments below.



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