In a Valentine’s Day article, Rosario Dawson revealed her love for former Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker and her identity as a member of the LGBTQIA community.
In an interview with Bustle, the actress talked about her new role in the USA Network show “Briarpatch.” The show about the cool-under-pressure investigator draws some comparisons to her own life, she notes in the interview. Dawson’s character, Allegra Dill, has an illicit affair with a senator. Though the 40-year-old is not in an illicit affair, she has been romantically linked to headline-making Booker, a senator from New Jersey, since 2018.
Being in a relationship with Booker opened Dawson’s eyes to her need to be open about who she loves.
“It’s the first time I felt like I had to be responsible about my choice of love, which is a challenging thing to do.”
In the effort to be open, Dawson shares with Bustle that despite popular belief, she did not come out in the past Instagram post, where she wrote “sending love to my fellow lgbtq+ homies.”
The actress and activist contends that her comments were not meant to be her statement of coming out.
“People kept saying that I [came out]... I didn’t do that,” she told Bustle. “I mean, it’s not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now.”
She then clarifies that she has not had a relationship with a woman.
“I’ve never had a relationship in that space, so it’s never felt like an authentic calling to me.”
Many have taken her statement as coming out as bisexual, but she did not specify a particular orientation in the interview. Even without certainty of her orientation, several supporters rooted for Dawson’s openness about her queer identity after the interview.
Some took her announcement as discrediting her relatively new romance with Booker.
Neither Dawson nor Booker has released any additional statements after the interview.
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