In 2015 The actor spoke with Ellen DeGeneres in a rare one-on-one backstage, after taping an appearance on the show. After Jussie Smollett’s character, Jamal Lyon, came out as gay on the hit drama “Empire,” there had been plenty of speculation about his own sexuality, and he used the Ellen Show to “set the record straight.”
In the Interview, Jussie stated that he was not in the closet, and that “there is no closet.” He continued ” 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.”
Though he claimed he was not in the closet, he still felt the need to announce his sexuality on the biggest Talk show on television.