Star Wars star, Billy Dee Williams gets candid about embracing gay rumors�in�the�1970s

Star Wars Star Billy Dee Williams Is Candid About Embracing Gay Rumors in the 1970s

Star Wars star Billy Dee Williams was vocal about embracing gay rumors in the 1970s.

The 86-year-old acting legend opened up about the gay rumors that could have derailed his acting career on Page Six on Sunday when he said: 'I've been called 'Queen of the Closet.'

'But I don't pay much attention to any of that.'

Billy Dee said he has always felt comfortable hanging out with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and even attended secret gay parties in the basement of the Metropolitan Opera when he was an extra there.

He explained: 'Everything seemed very normal to me. I've been involved in this my whole life, so I never gave it much thought.

In 2019, Billy Dee made headlines when he seemingly came out as genderfluid after revealing in an interview with Esquire that he uses the pronouns “himself” and “herself.”

However, days later, the Star Wars actor clarified that his statements were misinterpreted and clarified that he identifies as a straight man in a follow-up interview with The Undefeated.

Williams revealed that until his story went viral, he had never heard the term genderfluid and didn't know what it meant.

— Well, first of all, I asked last night. I said, “What the hell is gender fluidity?” That’s a whole new term,” said actor Lando Calrissian.

The story that the octogenarian was gender fluid stemmed from this statement to Esquire: 'See, I say “himself” and “herself,” because I also see myself as feminine and masculine. I am a very soft person.

I'm not afraid to show this side of me.

In fact, Billy told The Undefeated, he was referring to men getting in touch with their “softer side” and confirmed that he identifies as a straight man.

He said: 'There's a phrase that was coined by Carl G. Jung, who was a psychiatrist, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, and they split because they had different ideas about… what do you call it? ? Conscience. Unconscious. It is collective unconsciousness.

'But he coined a phrase which is 'Anima animus'. And anima means it is the female counterpart of the male self, and the animus is the male counterpart of the female.'

Williams further clarified: 'So that's what I was referring to. I was talking about men getting in touch with their feminine side. I wasn't talking about sex, I wasn't talking about being gay or straight. People should read (Jung). I mean, it would be an interesting education for a lot of people.

As for his sexuality, the actor said: 'No, no, no, I'm not gay – by any stretch of the imagination. Not that I have anything against gays. But personally? It's not gay.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, the veteran actor got serious about his infidelity.

The 86-year-old actor – who is releasing a memoir covering his nearly eight-decade career – spoke honestly and openly about being a womanizer and the role cheating played in his life.

He told People magazine on Wednesday that it all started very early when he grew up a hopeless romantic, saying, “I'm always falling in love.”

Billy told the publication that although he struggled in school, he excelled in both art and romance, however, he really hit his stride when he starred alongside Diana Ross in a 1972 biographical drama film.

He said: 'Lady Sings the Blues (the 1972 Billie Holliday biopic) and Mahogany (1975) really changed my whole world, as far as being a romantic figure.

Billy has been married three times, including Audrey Sellers from 1959 to 1963, Marlene Clark from 1968 to 1971 and Teruko Nakagami, to whom he has been married since 1972 but from whom he separated in 1993.

Billy also shares son Corey, 64, with Audrey Sellers and daughter Hanako, 51, with Teruko Nakagami.

The actor was asked by People how he would characterize himself as a husband, to which he replied: 'A flirt! I've been a womanizer my whole life.


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