Jussie Smollett Gets Candid about his Sexuality in OUT Magazine


Empire star Jussie Smollett is the cover star of OUT Magazine.

The 32-year-old star gets very candid with the magazine about his sexuality. See excerpts below.

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 On his Empire costar, Taraji P. Henson’s, perspective on sexual orientation: “She said, ‘Who gives a f*ck? I don’t tell these motherf*ckers that I’m straight. Why the f— do you have to tell them that you’re gay?’ That was so O.G., and it just made me love her even more.”

On how he self-identifies: “I am a gay man with an extremely open heart. God, I’ve never had to talk about this, so I’m trying to find the words. If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man. With that said, I believe that love is the only thing that matters, and I would hope that anybody would leave themselves open – not to gender, but to love. I would hope that people would not close themselves off from what could be if, lo and behold, you meet somebody that just sweeps you off your feet, and you just can’t do anything about it. If we truly believe that we are born this way, then why do we try to stifle the way we were born? If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I’m going to love that woman.”

On his perception of sexual orientation: “But this is a conversation that deserves to be had, because we don’t all understand each other. You’re not going to tell me that loving someone is wrong. That does not mean that heterosexuality is not a very real. It does not mean that bisexuality is not very real. It does not mean that homosexuality is not very real. They are all very real. But what I’m saying is, I am a gay man. I am a gay man. I am a gay man. I don’t know how many times I have to say that.”

On waiting for “the one”: I have so much love inside that it pains me sometimes. You end up finding yourself all-consumed by the issues of the world, and that’s something I don’t want to change about myself. So until the love of my life shows up, until I find my boo, I’m just going to be out, up in this piece, a lone ranger.

Read up his full feature here.

Photo Credit: OUT Magazine

19 Comments on Jussie Smollett Gets Candid about his Sexuality in OUT Magazine
  • Kiiki January 30, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Come to Nigeria Jussie! Your boo is waiting! #CatchTheBoo2016! Hahaaaaahaa.

    • onyx January 31, 2016 at 12:12 am

      @Kiiki which boo? If he comes to Nigeria, its Bruno that’s gonna get him.

  • halima January 30, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Cute for ever! It doesn’t hurt to be yourself.

  • LOVE is waiting. January 30, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    JESUS is waiting.

    • Author Unknown January 31, 2016 at 1:03 am

      Shock will catch you when you see this guy in heaven, and you’re on the outside looking in. I however pray you make it in.

      • Cindy January 31, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        What is wrong with what he/she said? I hope you also make it in too. Mtchew! Leave people alone with their beliefs haba. You are doing exactly what you blame homophobics for doing. There is a right to religion the last time I checked. Hypocrites.

      • Author Unknown January 31, 2016 at 9:11 pm

        Two simple reasons Cindy:
        1. Jesus never asked anyone to judge on his behalf;
        2. Comments like LOVE is waiting’s makes Jesus and Christianity look scary to unbelievers thereby scaring away souls, rather than winning them for Christ. Clearly, the ‘Jesus is waiting’ comment was not meant to endear.

        The hypocrite here is that person who comes on a gossip website, but condemns others for sins equal in the eyes of God as gossiping.

  • lyl January 31, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Never seen a gay guy I wished I hard a magic wand to turn straight…. oh well

  • Caligula January 31, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Gay or not, I’ll still marry you Jussie or share you with your boyfriend haha ??! I’ve got the biggest crush on Him! ❤️❤️?? kiss kiss

  • hatersgonhate January 31, 2016 at 3:24 am


  • Tosin January 31, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I know somebody who looks like him and could totally have said the same things.

  • jussie wife January 31, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Kai as u fine so? No na! Y are gays always so fine?

  • Ariens January 31, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Its amazing how a guy this gorgeous, charming and meek hasn’t already found the Love of his life yet…wish him well.

  • Xxx January 31, 2016 at 1:36 pm


  • lily matty wow January 31, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    hey Jussie dont worry, we will be like Romeo & Juliet okay…. i v lots of luv for u. just come to Nigeria.

  • Great Lady January 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    How can this fine man be gay??? What a waste.

  • jhennique February 1, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Oh Jussie!

  • vicky February 1, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    jussie..pls dont mind them oo..Jesus is the one to judge not them..live your life mbok..u will find love soon.

  • prince February 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    My very own Jussie (Jamal) Lyon. I love you like crazy. apart from the fact that your cuteness is heavenly made, your acting prowess is amazing, you exude excellence.
    No one made you so you own no one an apology for who you are boyfriend. Enjoy your life to the fullest. Those screaming/criticizing will be shocked to see you in heaven and they’ll just waka pass to the other side.

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