Empire Star Jussie Smollett opened up to discuss his sexuality and his beliefs about love with Out Magazine and *swoons* let’s just say there may be some hope for us after all!

“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,” Smollett tells the mag. “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.”

Jussie has received nothing but support from both his Empire cast mates and viewers alike and noted that surprisingly, there was little pushback when it came to him discussing his sexuality but he was frustratingly warned against speaking out on issues concerning the black community.

“I was told by two executives, ‘You know, maybe just wait. Just wait,’” the actor recalled. “You mean to tell me just because I make movies and TV and music that I can’t talk about what’s going on in the world I live in? Really? That’s not fair. Forget that. Because I’m scared that maybe viewership is going to go down? Or my next single isn’t going to do as well? Or I won’t get a movie?

“At some point, I was going to say what I believe anyway,” Smollett said.

Oh, Jussie. Keep snatching these hearts up.

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  • A relationship deals with transparency and honesty. There are plenty of people who would get along with his views on love. Also, many other people wouldn’t go out with a person whose sexuality is fluid, because of the risk of a person not being in love with a person from a romantic standpoint (during a certain part of the relationship). He can call himself what he wants. He can be free as he wants. Also, other people have the right to disagree with his views on sexuality too. Also, love is not something that is to be trifled with carelessly. Love deals with respect, honor, and just treatment. Love is not about the unconditionally support of every action under the sun. Love is the mutual respect shown among honorable human beings.

  • FragranceObsessed

    ” If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I’m going to love that woman.” to me, this was more of a rhetorical statement. I didn’t get that he was saying he would actually be with a woman. I think the writer of this piece is putting too much on it. If that were the case he could have easily just said he was bisexual. (by the way, the quote in the title is not what he said. He did not say he could love a woman)

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  • yoda

    He needs to cut it out. When I seen Jamal kiss Skye on the show, I was pissed. I think there’s nothing wrong with identifying as gay or bisexual but for Jussie, the real person to act like he’d be with a woman, that makes no dang sense.

  • Dr.Rue

    Why are people afraid of identifying as bisexual or bicurious or along those other orientations? Anyways WE ALL KNEW JUSSIE WAS GAY in real life…some people just didn’t want to believe it. I wonder how this will affect the ratings…in my opinion, Empire is one of thee worst shows..it’s just bad.. stereotypes on stereotypes…Cookie?? bye