Coming out as part of the LGBTQ+ community is usually a difficult process, and these celebrities had to come out under the hot Hollywood spotlight. So which stars came out as part of the queer community? Whether gay, bisexual, or comfortable leaving their preferences ambiguous and undefined, take a look and see whose identities might come as a surprise — and have gone mostly under the radar.
1. Amber Heard
When Amber Heard came out to the world as bisexual in 2008, the people around her were deeply afraid that she would never work in Hollywood again. “They listed a lot of reasons and said ‘No one else has done it; if you’re so sure and you won’t lose your career, name one actress who is working that [did the same thing],’ and I couldn’t think of anyone,” Heard said in an interview.
At the time, she was “falling madly in love” with photographer Tasya van Ree. Heard decided to come out when she was directly asked if it was true that she had a girlfriend. “I said yeah, actually, it is!” Heard exclaimed. She has been outspoken about her sexuality ever since.
2. Julianne Hough
Just four months into Julianne Hough’s marriage to hockey player Brooks Laich, Hough said she was doing a ton of soul-searching and “connecting” with a new side of herself. It was around that time that she made a confession to her husband. “I told him, ‘You know I’m not straight, right?'” she explained to Women’s Health Magazine in 2019.
“And he was like, ‘I’m sorry, what?’ I was like, ‘I’m not [straight]. But I chose to be with you,'” Hough recalled. While she has not elaborated further nor labeled herself as bisexual, her coming out story was inspiring, and proved that it’s never too late to have those important conversations with loved ones about identity, and never too late to find oneself.
3. Gillian Anderson
The X-Files and Sex Education actress Gillian Anderson first came out in 2012 during an interview with Out Magazine. “I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school,” Anderson said at the time. But in 2014, Anderson revealed to fans a little bit more about this mystery woman.
“She was a beautiful person who was very meaningful in my life and I wanted to honor her instead of hiding my experience,” Anderson said of her ex, who had passed away from a brain tumor the year before. “I felt it was very important to take the onus off that type of relationship, to say this happened and I feel no shame about it.”
4. Jason Mraz
Everyone knows that Jason Mraz is “all about the wordplay.” So when he wrote a love letter to the LGBTQ+ community in Billboard Magazine in 2018, ending it with the line “I am bi your side, all ways”, fans quickly picked up on the spelling, and began to speculate.
“I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife,” Mraz told Billboard in an interview just after the letter was released. “I was like, ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’ And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it ‘two spirit,’ which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that.”
5. Stacy London
On New Year’s Eve in 2019, Stacy London came out on Instagram. Photos of the What Not To Wear star looking blissfully happy with musician Cat Yezbak were paired with a heartfelt caption that declared Yezbak her “girlfriend, and has been for over a year.”
London did not make a statement labeling her preferences, instead focusing on who she loves. “I fell in love, truly in love, with this beautiful, sexy, kind soul and I won’t apologize for that, but I stand on the shoulders of a community that fought like hell for me to be able to do [this] openly and proudly and easily,” London wrote. “So I used to date men. Now I date her. That’s it.”
6. Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson’s sexuality may not be common knowledge — and according to Jackson herself, she is not quite sure why. It is not like she has been particularly tight-lipped about her interest in women. But in 2018, during an Instagram Q&A, Jackson was asked whether she was bi, and answered: “That’s what you guys call it, so I guess. But who needs labels?”
This story of her “coming out” on Instagram made rounds in gossip magazines before Jackson confronted the headlines head on. “How many times have I publicly referred to the community as ‘my fellow LGBTQ+’ like even on stage. I’ve been apart of the community for years…this is not news,” she tweeted.
7. Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong is widely recognized as the lead vocalist for the punk rock band Green Day. But although he has been open for a long time about his bisexuality, this part of his life has somehow managed to go widely unrecognized by many of his fans.
Armstrong publicly came out for the first time way back in 1995 in an interview with The Advocate. “I think I’ve always been bisexual,” he remarked. “I mean, it’s something that I’ve always been interested in.” Armstrong added his personal philosophy on human sexuality, saying: “I think people are born bisexual, and it’s just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of ‘Oh, I can’t.’ They say it’s taboo.”
8. Demi Lovato
When it comes to singer Demi Lovato’s sexuality, she claims she is “still figuring it out”. In a 2020 interview with radio station Beats 1, Lovato told the show’s host that she was not so sure about whether she would eventually end up in a relationship with a man or a woman.
Later that week, the singer told Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM radio show that she had come out to her parents three years before. “I didn’t tell my parents that I saw myself possibly ending up with a woman until 2017,” she said. “It was actually, like, emotional but really beautiful.”
9. Alyson Stoner
In March 2018, actress and dancer Alyson Stoner published a raw and vulnerable open letter in Teen Vogue. Through the article, Stoner revealed that she had fallen in love with a woman, and detailed her years-long struggle of trying to understand her sexuality and how it squared with her long-held religious beliefs.
In the piece, Stoner described a “spiritual battle” that even included pastors trying to “reverse and eliminate my attraction to her”. But in the end, Stoner chose to live as her true self. “I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways,” she wrote. “I can love people of every gender identity and expression.”
Singer Halsey has always been an outspoken member of the LGBTQ+ community since she first rose to fame in 2015. But it was not until 2017 that the bisexual celebrity began to reference women in her own songs. “I tried really hard to find the courage this year to write female pronouns into my music,” Halsey said at the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards.
“I am a young, bisexual woman,” she declared. She continued by debunking the myth that sexuality is something to grow out of, stating: “I’ve spent a large part of my life trying to validate myself — to my friends, to my family, to myself — trying to prove that who I love and how I feel is not a phase.”
11. Aaron Carter
When pop star Aaron Carter first came out on Twitter, things seemed pretty clear. “I grew up in the entertainment industry at a very young age, and when I was around 13 years old I started to find boys and girls attractive” before talking about an “experience” he had with a man. However, several months later, Carter said that his tweet about his sexuality had been “misconstrued”.
The post, Carter said, was meant to be “just a story.” He felt the need to explain his views further. “I can find men and women attractive,” Carter said on a podcast, “but when it comes down to it, I think it was a little misconstrued. I see myself being with a woman having kids.” Regardless, Carter’s account shows that the topic of sexuality is never just black and white.
12. Lili Reinhart
Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart came out as bisexual while she was coming out to protest for a cause. In June 2020, Reinhart shared a flyer on her Instagram story of an LGBTQ+ demonstration in West Hollywood to peacefully protest police brutality and support the Black Lives Matter movement. In her accompanying message, she included a big revelation for fans.
“Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” Reinhart wrote. “And I will be joining this protest today. Come join.” Prior to opening up about her sexuality publicly, Reinhart was famously in a relationship with her Riverdale costar, Cole Sprouse.
13. Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez had been gracing Hollywood red carpets for years, and was never really seen with anyone at her side. As that absence continued to be noticed, her solo appearances left some questioning her sexuality, often jumping to assumptions. But in 2013, Rodriguez candidly told Us Weekly that those rumors were “not too far off”.
“I’ve gone both ways,” she said with candor. “I do as I please. I’m too…curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.” When asked about why she had chosen to come out, Rodriguez credited her age. “I’m getting older,” she admitted. “I wanted to be honest about who I am and see what happens.”
14. Abbi Jacobson
Even before coming out as bisexual, Abbi Jacobson’s breakout comedy show Broad City was already receiving tons of recognition by the LGBTQ+ community. So that same community rejoiced when Jacobson (rather than co-star Ilana Glazer, who portrays a bisexual character on the show) told Vanity Fair about her attraction to any and all genders.
“I kind of go both ways,” Jacobson said. “I date men and women.” The comedian and actress went on to talk about the kind of people she is usually attracted to. “They have to be funny, doing something they love,” she said before adding, “I don’t know — I’ve never really been interviewed about this before.” When it comes to her future dating life, she said she is open to the possibilities. “Yeah who knows? The world is my oyster.”
15. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore came out as bisexual all the way back in 2003. And yet, somehow, even after all of these years, this fact about the famed actress still might come as a surprise to some of her fans. Barrymore, who has been married and divorced three times to three men, came out in an interview with Contact Music.
“Do I like women sexually? Yeah, I do. Totally. I have always considered myself bisexual,” Barrymore said at the time. “I love a woman’s body.” She added: “I think a woman and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful. Being with a woman is like exploring your own body, but through someone else.”
16. Willow Smith
Willow Smith and her entire family have garnered some attention for challenging societal norms. Her parents, Will and Jada Smith, have said that they are in a polyamorous or “thruple” relationship with another woman on Jada’s Facebook series Red Table Talk. And it was on that show that Willow herself came out as bisexual and polyamorous herself.
“I love men and women equally, and so I would definitely want one man, one woman. I feel like I could be polyfidelitous with those two people,” Willow said on the show, adding that she is most attracted to having an emotional connection with someone.
17. Rebecca Black
Rebecca Black has come a long way since she first gained attention at 14 years old for her undeniably catchy song “Friday”. At 22 years old, Black came out publicly as queer after revealing that she had recently broken up with a woman.
“I made a conscious decision to not, like ‘come out,'” she explained in April 2020 on the podcast Dating Straight. She elaborated on her views on terminology: “To me, the word ‘queer’ feels really nice. I have dated a lot of different types of people, and I just don’t really know what the future holds. Some days, I feel a little more on the ‘gay’ side than others.”
Despite calling herself an “honorary lesbian of Los Angeles”, singer P!nk always pushed back on reports that she was bisexual. Instead, she says that she believes that labels, just like sexuality, are fluid. “I think people like Miley [Cyrus], I feel like people are just less included to be labelled now, which I really like,” she said to The Guardian in 2017.
“That’s where I was always coming from,” P!nk said of her own sexuality. “Just, leave it alone. I just want to live my life. I don’t need you to put me in a box or to figure me out or to figure out what I am. ‘Cause I don’t know yet. And I never say never…” She has been married to motorcyclist Corey Hart since 2006.
19. Jameela Jamil
When it was announced that Jameela Jamil would be a judge on a show about voguing, the backlash on Twitter was swift and sharp. The outcry was based largely around feelings that a person who is not from the LGBTQ+ community should not be cast with judging a dance form that comes directly from drag ball culture.
In response, Jamil decided that it was high time to come out on social media. “Twitter is brutal,” she wrote, “This is why I never officially came out as queer.” The Good Place actress then went on to explain the struggles that came with growing up in a South Asian community where she “didn’t come from a family with anyone openly out”.
20. Taylor Schilling
The Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling decided it was time to announce her relationship with her visual artist girlfriend , Emily Ritz, during 2020’s Pride month. Well, what actually happened is that her girlfriend posted an image of them on her Instagram stories with the caption, “I couldn’t be more proud to be by your side. Happy Pride!,” and Schilling re-posted the photo of the lovebirds embracing on her own feed.
According to reports, the pair met in late 2019 through mutual friends and have been dating ever since. Prior to this announcement, Schilling always shied away from questions about her sexuality. As part of a statement during an interview in 2017, Schilling said, “I’ve had very serious relationships with lots of people, and I’m a very expansive human. There’s no part of me that can be put under a label. I really don’t fit into a box – that’s too reductive.” In 2019, she elaborated with, “I’ve had relationships with men and I’ve had relationships with women. It’s about the person, not their gender.”
21. Auli’i Cravalho
The song “How Far I’ll Go” became one of the most recognized breakout anthems of the Disney movie Moana. And in April 2020, the actress who was the voice behind Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, showed social media how far she would go to live as as the most authentic version of herself.
It all started when a fan tweeted at Cravalho, “Do u like girls”, to which the star responded directly with a tweet that read, “If I may escort you to my TikTok.” From there, fans saw that the actress had posted a video to her TikTok account of her lip-syncing to an Eminem song that said, in part, “‘You straight?’ she said ‘No, I’m bi.'”
22. Kristian Nairn
On Game of Thrones, the lovably protective character of Hodor is known to just blurt out his name. But when it comes to the guy behind the iconic role, Northern Irish actor Kristian Nairn is not really one to blurt things out. Because of this, he didn’t come out publicly until he was asked about it directly.
“When you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about my community,” Nairn said in an interview. “I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, ’cause it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail.”
23. Vanessa Carlton
“A Thousand Miles” singer Vanessa Carlton was used to playing concerts to packed venues. But in June 2010 during a performance for Nashville Pride, something was different. She spotted a same-sex couple in the audience and “felt their pain, in a way.” Carlton told the Huffington Post, “I wanted to connect with them.”
It was in that moment that she decided to do something she had never done before, despite years in the public spotlight. “I’ve never said this before, but I am a proud bisexual woman,” Carlton said to the crowd. She then proceeded to switch around the pronouns when singing the song “Ordinary Day”, to show that her lyrics could really be about anyone, male or female.
24. Tim Cook
Apple might be the most closely watched company in the world, but it’s CEO Tim Cook who has gone out of his way to stay under the radar. However, his private life became public when he penned an open letter in 2014 coming out as a proud gay man.
“While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” Cook wrote. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” He went on to describe how he wants to continue to work towards social progress.
25. Clive Davis
Clive Davis is known to have signed some of the most successful names in music, from Whitney Houston to Barry Manilow, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, and more. But in his autobiography The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis revealed a lesser-known fact about his high-profile life.
In his book, Davis talks about his past relationships with men, including his first experience with a man he met at the famed disco club Studio 54. He also wrote about his “strong monogamous relationship” with a man for seven years, and coming to terms with his bisexuality. “Do I feel I could have been similarly attracted to a woman?” he wrote. “The answer is yes.”
26. Chyler Leigh
Sometimes while portraying a character on the TV, an actor or actress actually discovers something new about themselves through that character. Such is the case with Chyler Leigh. While portraying Alex Danvers, a lesbian character on the CW’s hit show Supergirl, Chyler looked into her own sexuality.
What she discovered was that she was in fact a member of the LGBTQ community. At the moment, she is married to a man named Nathan West and has three children. She also prides herself in being a devout Christian. We can’t help but wonder what will come next for the 38-year-old actress.
27. Justice Smith
On a much wider scale, the world was first introduced to this 24-year-old actor when he portrayed Franklin Webb in Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom. Since then he has appeared in a slew of popular movies which includes titles like 2019’s Detective Pikachu and 2020’s All The Bright Places.
While the world awaits for him to pop in the next Jurassic World flick, he piped in with a more personal surprise via his Instagram. On June 5, 2020, he came of the closet and announced that he was queer. However, that wasn’t the only thing surprised folks.Justice also revealed that he was in a relationship with actor Nicholas Ashe.
28. Nicholas Ashe
If you don’t remember Nicholas Ashe from his appearance on Ice Cube’s Are We There Yet?, you likely will recall the actor from his portrayal of Micah West on the series Queen Sugar. While this actor isn’t exactly an A-list celebrity yet, we can expect a lot to come as his name is popping up in a lot of films and television shows.
One shouldn’t mistake him for an actor that just sticks to the screen. Nicholas is also an accomplished theater actor who has been in his fair share of Broadway plays. The biggest news surrounding the actor was revealed on June 5, 2020 when he and Justice Smith came out as a couple via their Instagram accounts.
Everyone and their mothers were dancing to Raymix’s 2018 hit Oye Mujer. From there, the young artist went on to release a slew of hit singles and three full length albums. While he has his fair amount of fans here in the United States, it is in his home country of Mexico where he really shines bright.
Despite being urged against doing so by fellow musicians who warned that Cumbia was not ready for a gay artist, Raymix came out of the closet on June 5, 2020. He did so through a video and stated the following, “Today I am freer, happier than ever because now I know that I can express myself as I really am.”
30. Trevi Moran
The world was first introduced to Trevi Moran when she showed up on the show X Factor. Not only did she come across as really cool, but she had one heck of a voice. These days, we aren’t seeing Trevi Moran on the television, but she is a huge star on social media.
Not only is she making amazing songs and music videos, but she has a vlog that is constantly bringing in millions of views. On this vlog’s June 6, 2020 entry is where we learned that she was a trans woman. The news blew a lot of minds and definitely caught our attention. The masses can’t wait to see how things turn out for her.
31. Cara Delevingne
Keeping up with the fast life of Cara Delevingne has been quite the adventure. We were introduced to her in a very wild way when she first showed up as an English model. At the same time, she was trying to break through as a singer and released a slew of hits that got very little attention.
Her breakthrough into fame and fortune came in 2014. That’s when she got recognition in Reincarnation by Chanel. She has since popped up in a slew of moves which include Suicide Squad and Tulip fever. Cara made headlines most recently in June 2020 when she came out as Pansexual.
32. Camryn Grimes
Camryn Grimes is an actress that we saw grow right before our eyes. We first met her way back in 1997, when she began portraying Cassie Newman in The Young and the Restless. She was only seven-years-old at that point, but she is still on the show till this very day.
However, that show has become the end all and be all of her career. She has been in films like Swordfish and Magic Mike. She also had TV appearances in JAG and NCIS. Most recently, she came into the public eye when she revealed in May 2020 that she was bisexual.
33. Guillaume Cizeron
When it comes to sports that take place on ice, it doesn’t get much better then Guillaume Cizeron. The French ice dancer is truly a national treasure, as he is a four time world champion. He and his partner Gabriella Papadakis have taken home the gold in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
The two have also won 10 gold medals in the renowned Grand Prix series. That said, the biggest splash he made was outside of the world of ice dancing. On May 17, 2020 Guillaume came out of the closet via his Instagram. While his friends and family have known of his status for years, he thought that it was finally time to make things public.
34. Tatiana Ringsby
If you aren’t following social media sensation Tatiana Ringby on her acclaimed YouTube channel or on Instagram, you definitely aren’t using the internet right. The Hawaii native is likely most recognized by the adoring masses for being on the collaborative channel The Rad And Reckless. You can always go there for amazing content.
She recently made the internet headlines when she came out as bisexual in May of 2020. Thankfully, her TikTok fan responded with nothing but love and acceptance. No doubt, her fans and followers are looking forward to seeing what this young star comes up with next. One can only wait and see.
35. Dennis Del Valle
If you’re a lover and follower of professional Volleyball, you most likely know about the power house that is Dennis Del Valle. He is a powerhouse in Puerto Rico men’s national volleyball team and made quite the name for himself at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Poland.
After more than 30 years keeping his sexuality private, the 31-year-old volleyball player decided to finally come out of the closet in May of 2020. He stated that he did it so that he could inspire other LGBTQ members in sports to do the same. It’s 2020. The days of hiding who you are should be long behind us.
This story was originally published on DirectExpose: We Had No Idea These Celebrities Came Out As LGBTQ+ — Or Refuse To Say
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