'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett confirms he is gay

March 9, 2015 7:05 PM

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The 31-year-old actor appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote Fox series Empire, and later sought out the host backstage. Rumors have been swirling about Smollett's sexuality, and the star took the opportunity to set the record straight.

"It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that here is no closet," he shared. "There's never been a closet that I've been in. I don't own a closet. I got a dresser, but I don't have a closet. But I have a home. And that is my responsibility, to protect that home."

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