Former The Cosby Show sweetheart Raven-Symonè has finally opened up about her sexuality in a revealing new Oprah Winfrey interview, but insists she doesn’t want to be labeled gay.
The actress sparked rumors she was a lesbian in 2013 when she wrote a cryptic message on Twitter celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to support gay marriage by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
She wrote, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.”
She refused to elaborate, but now Symone explains that although she is proud of being in a country where people of the same sex can marry in several states, she is not comfortable with labels about her sexuality or ethnicity.
She tells Oprah, “(The message on twitter) was my way of saying, I’m proud of the country. But I will say that I am in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner, a woman… (and) I am proud to be who I am and what I am…
“I don’t want to be labeled gay, I want to be labeled a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American. I’m an American.
“I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go… I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. But I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. That’s a colourless person. We’re all people. I have lots of things running through my veins.
“I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I can connect with Caucasian, I connect with Asian, I connect with black, I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.”
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