Let me just say that, as a fan of both Jussie Smollett and Ellen DeGeneres, I’m so glad that he chose her show to tell the world.
The two sat down backstage after Smollett’s guest appearance on her show this week and, in his own way, he told the talk show host what many have been questioning since Smollett began his role as Jamal Lyon on Fox’s new hit Empire. Jamal recently came out publicly on the show, to his homophobic father’s disappointment.
“There is no closet, there’s never been a closet, that I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet. I have a dresser,” Smollett quipped. “But I have a home, and that is my responsibility, to protect that home.”
He continued to say that he wanted DeGeneres to be the one he revealed everything to, because he very much admires and is inspired by her (as we all are!).
“We’re human, and we love,” he concluded.
Watch the segment below.