'Empire' actor comes out on 'The Ellen Show'

Empire actor Jussie Smollett has come out as gay. Smollett, who stars in the smash hit US music-themed drama series as an singer/songwriter struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, came out during an appearance on The Ellen Show yesterday (March 9). Jussie2 Following rumors of his sexuality circulating in the media this week, the 31-year-old told DeGeneres that he has "never been in a closet". “There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in,” said the actor. “So that’s why I choose not to talk ‘bout my personal life. "But there is without a doubt, no closet that I’ve ever been in, and I just wanted to make that clear, but it was most important for me to make that clear to you on your show at this time in the world. And that’s where I’m at," he added. Watch the interview below: More stories: Companies including Apple and Disney urge the Supreme Court to legalise gay marriage Gay relationship psychology, changing attitudes… Are we really that different?