Love is Love! Fame doesn’t change who you are, it rather amplifies it. While some may get lost in the glitz of it, others utilize this platform to start a healthy and real conversation. So far, many celebs have decided to open about their sexuality and gender identity and are now happily living with their truths. These celebrities have proven that sexuality doesn’t need a label and are inspiring many.
Here we list up some celebs who proudly opened about their sexuality.
After many years of conjecture, Ellen decided to make history by coming on television in 1997. The title character came out as a lesbian in the famous “Puppy Episode” of the TV show and shocked the world. Ellen later came out on The Oprah Winfrey Show. When Oprah asked her if she expected if it would be this big, she replied, “I knew that it would be big, but had no idea that it would be this big.” Although, it may mot look like a big of a deal in 2019, it’s difficult to comprehend how huge it would be back then. Immediately after the interview, Ellen made her debut on the Time cover with her instantly famous words “Yep, I’m Gay”. In August 2008, Ellen married her long time girlfriend, Portia de Rossi.
After years of speculation of his sexual orientation, Ricky Martin finally came out of the closet in a posting on his official website. In a lengthy note to his fans, published in both Spanish and English, Martin declared himself as “a fortunate homosexual man”. Martin says, writing his memoirs got him “very close to my truth” and that hiding his sexuality any longer would “indirectly diminish the glow that my kids are born with,” referring to his twin sons, who were born in 2008 to a surrogate mother. In 2017, Ricky secretly got married to his partner of two years, Jwan Yosef.
We were quite aware of the on-screen and off-screen romance of Twilight’s Bella and Edward. The couple’s split after 4 years of dating in 2013 broke many hearts. Just after a year post the break up, Kristen was spotted with a woman hand-in-hand and left her fans with so many unanswered questions. Since Stewart chose to be private about her personal life, she refused to answer. Finally, the actress came out to Elle UK for their September 2016 issue. She opened about her then-girlfriend Alicia Cargile, a digital effects artist. “Right now I really am just in love with my girlfriend. We’ve broken up a couple of times but have gotten back together, and this time I was like ‘Finally, I can feel it again’” she told the magazine.
In May 2014, Smith decided to come out as a gay man publicly when he won an award for his song “Stay With Me” at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. He said “I want to thank the man for whom this record is about. I fell in love with him last year. Thank you for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys!”
In an interview with Diane Sawyer in April 2015, the Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete came out as a transwoman. She told that she has suffered with gender dysphoria since a very young age and that, “for all ends and purposes, I’m a woman”. In June 2015, Jenner finally debuted her new name and image, and began using feminine pronoun self-descriptors publicly. Jenner held his renaming ceremony in July 2015 and adopted the name Caitlyn Marie Jenner. Later she stunned the world with her debut Vanity Fair cover. The magazine cover unveiled her new look as a woman with the words “Call me Caitlyn”.
Elton came out as a bi-sexual in an interview with Rolling Stones in October 1976. But he didn’t came out as a gay man up until the late 1980s. It was his divorce with his then wife Renate Blauel in 1988. He told Rolling Stone that he is “comfortable in being a gay man”. The Rocket Man hitmaker revealed that he never tried to keep his sexuality as a secret. He just thought that everyone already knew. In addition, John was one of the first celebs to talk in open about their sexuality.
Rita Ora came out as a bi-sexual through her somewhat controversial song ‘Girls’ with Cardi B, Charlie XCX and Bebe Rexha in 2018. Later she spoke openly about her sexuality and her decision to come out as a bisexual in an interview with Stylist magazine. Rita confessed in the interview how she was not scared and waited for the right time. “I’m an adult, I feel like this is something I need to do so that I can move forward” Rita said.
In June 2018, Tessa Thompson came out as bi-sexual in an interview with Net-a-porter. “I’m attracted to both men and women. If I bring a woman or even a man home, my family wouldn’t have to have the discussion,” she explained. Tessa also addressed the rumors that she is romantically and happily involved with Janelle Monae. Janelle came out as pansexual back in 2018. “It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just very private people and we’re both trying to navigate how you reconcile to have that privacy and space, and also wanting to use your platform and influence,” she said. Though she stopped short of saying they were involved. “Janelle and I love each other deeply. We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, it would not bother me.”
The Big Bang Theory fame actor subtly revealed his sexual orientation through a New York Times article. According to the Times, “‘The Normal Heart’ resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay. He is in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said. The play was centered on gay men suffering from AIDS in the Big Apple during the ’80s. In 2017, Jim married his long-time partner, Todd Spiewack.
In an interview Miley discussed about her sexuality saying that, her first relationship was actually with a girl. “My first relationship in my life was with a girl,” Cyrus told Variety. She confessed that the first time she realized she was pansexual was when she was only 10. Though it didn’t actually click until she met someone who identified as the same. Miley is reportedly dating reality star, Kaitlynn Carter.
This was our list of celebs who proudly opened about their sexuality.
There are so many people who identify as LGBT but do not have the courage to open out in public about their sexual orientation.
The more awareness we create, the more welcoming and comfortable people will feel. Perhaps these celebrities are helping pave the way.