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Raven-Symoné: Don’t Label Me ‘Gay’ Or ‘African-American’ (VIDEO)

At 28 years old, Raven-Symoné has a very clear sense of who she is — and isn’t. The former “Cosby Show” actress and star of “That’s So Raven” recently sat down with Oprah and opened up about her strong sense of self, including her sexuality.

Raven has been relatively quiet about her personal life, but last year, when the Supreme Court ruled the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, Raven tweeteda status that many saw as her way of coming out:

When Oprah asks if this was her way of saying she is gay, Raven gives a careful answer.

“That was my way of saying I’m proud of the country,” she says. “But, I will say that I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman.”

Raven’s reluctance to open up about her private life is something she has practiced since her early days as a young star, under her parents’ guidance. “People in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible. So, I try my best to hold the fence where I can,” Raven says. “But I am proud to be who I am and what I am.”

The actress says she has known who she is before she was even a teenager. “In that topic of dating… I knew when I was, like, 12,” she tells Oprah. “I was looking ateverything.”

 

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