We were excited about Raven Symone’s appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are They Now? and she didn’t disappoint. Looking fit and sporting a sleek new purple and green hairdo, the poised and classy young lady talked about some exciting things like turning 28, art school, race, and her love life.
Symone came out quietly last year when the United States Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S. When she heard the news, Symone finally broke her silence regarding rumors about her sexual orientation, immediately turning to Twitter to say publicly “I can finally get married! Yay government! so proud of you.”
On the show, Oprah asked Symone if that was her way of coming out, and she said that it was simply her way of saying that she was proud of the country, because it was time that someone did something to defend the gay community. Though at first she seemed to be dodging the question, she did admit with a bashful smile “I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner, a woman.”
Adorable pictures of her posing happily with her partner flashed on the screen, exposing the fun and flirty side of Raven Symone and her lover, but she reiterated that, although she was willing to divulge that much, she preferred to keep her private life to herself. As Oprah prompted her for a little more, she admitted that she doesn’t want to be called gay, or even bisexual though she describes knowing from the time she was twelve that she was attracted to both men and women. “I don’t need language, I don’t need a categorizing statement for it. I don’t want to be labeled gay, I want to be labeled a human who loves humans.”
“I’m tired of being labeled,” she said. “I’m an American, not an African-American.” Oprah warned that that was a statement that may upset a lot of people, but Symone stood by her statement. “I don’t know where my roots go to, I don’t know how far back and I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. That’s a colorless person. Because we are all people, I have lots of things running through my veins.”
“I have darker skin, I have a nice interesting grade of hair, I connect with Caucasian, I connect with Asian, I connect with Black, I connect with Indian, I connect with all cultures. Isn’t that what America’s supposed to be?”
Even though she rejected the idea of labels though, she defended her decision to be with her current partner, “I wanted to embrace the quietness in my head saying ‘you know what, go ahead and date that person if you want to’ without everyone saying ‘that’ll be bad for business.’”
Symone tackled every question with a wise response and maintained a level of class unique to a caring soul who loves and respects herself. The former child star left us with the assurance of her own sense of self-worth. “I am proud to be who I am and what I am.”