Actress Rosario Dawson has come out, saying that she wants to publicly claim her sexuality now that she’s in a relationship that forced her “to be responsible about my choice of love.”
She sat down with Bustle to talk about her current boyfriend, former 2020 Democratic presidential contender Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). During the interview, she was asked a 2018 Instagram post that looked like a coming out post to a lot of people.
In that post, she wrote that she was “sending love to my fellow lgbtq+ homies” for Pride Month.
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🙏🏽👏🏽✊🏽💥🔥💋🤗♥️💙🧡💚💛💜❤️ I will not be ashamed. this is just who I am. and who I was meant to be. No mistakes. so right here I stand. I’m out on my own two feet. no you will not tear me down. no my heart will not be bound. sing it loud. sing it loud. I’m proud. I’m proud. #Repost @oranicuhh ・・・ happy pride month! sending love to my fellow lgbtq+ homies. keep being strong in the face of adversity. loud & proud. 🌈🤟🏾 here’s a lil throwbyke to last year. ✨
“People kept saying that I [came out]… I didn’t do that,” she said. “I mean, it’s not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now.”
She said that she has never dated anyone but men, which made her question her sexuality. “I’ve never had a relationship in that space, so it’s never felt like an authentic calling to me.”
Dawson said that dating Booker has put her and her family under scrutiny, which challenged how she approached that relationship.
“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,” she said. “If you fall in love, you fall in love. But there’s another aspect I had to consider: what this meant in [putting] a microscope on my family and particularly on my daughter.”
While she did not say that she identifies as bisexual, that is the word being used in the media to describe the way she talked about her sexuality.
Dawson is known for her roles in major films like Sin City, Josie and the Pussycats, and He Got Game. Last year, she was sued by a transgender former employee who claimed that she and her family harassed and bullied him.