Smollett confirmed that he is gay during a chat with Ellen De Generes.
Earlier, his co-star Malik Yoba had been quoted saying that "I know Jussie; he is gay, and he's very committed to issues around the LGBT community." Yoba later said he had been misquoted.
In August she opened up more about her sexuality in an interview with Harper's Bazaar U. Actor Thomas Dekker, known for his roles in "Heroes" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," came out publicly via a tweeted statement in July after he said "a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to 'out' me." Dekker also revealed that he had married in April.
Jussie Smollett's character, Jamal Lyon, on the Fox TV show "Empire" came out, and so did the actor.
"There's nothing wrong with going to bed with somebody of your own sex," he said. Stand-up comedian and actress Wanda Sykes announced her sexual orientation -- and her marriage -- in 2008 at a rally for gay marriage. Nixon discussed her relationship with New York Magazine in 2006, saying, "I never felt like there was an unconscious part of me around that woke up or that came out of the closet; there wasn't a struggle; there wasn't an attempt to suppress.
On a November 2013 episode, personal trainer Harper, 48, talked about his sexuality for the first time on the reality weight loss competition in an effort to show the contestant that he doesn't have to be ashamed. The actor, who memorably portrayed the obsessive and loyal assistant Jonathan on "30 Rock," told Out magazine that he's been in a relationship for nine years.Pierce first talked about his partner in an Associated Press interview about his Tony-nominated performance in "Curtains.""Some people know that they like grilled cheese and they'll eat it every day for the rest of their lives," she said. If I have grilled cheese once I'm like, 'That was cool, what's next?