‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett comes out as gay on ‘Ellen’ (VIDEO)

He has gotten critical acclaim for his performances as gay dark-horse R&B singer Jamal Lyon on FOX’s EmpireNow on Ellen, Empire star Jussie Smollett has revealed that he is gay off screen as well.

In a segment he wanted taped backstage as opposed to his main appearance on the show, Smollett told Ellen,

“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.

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. So lets not read into it the wrong 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. Ya 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 you know honestly, we’re humans 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.”

Great for him! Jussie’s star is definitely on the rise.

'Empire' star Jussie Smollett comes out as gay with 'Ellen'

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