This Sunday, October 5th at 9PM ET, Oprah Winfrey will be interviewing the poised and fabulous Raven Symone on Where Are They Now? on OWN and it’s exciting, because not only has the child star been out of the limelight for a while now, but the preview for the episode shows Oprah asking about Symone’s tweet last year which implied that she is a lesbian.
Last summer when the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned in the United States allowing the some states to recognize gay marriage, Symone, who had been refusing to address rumors about her sexual orientation, released a celebratory tweet stating “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you!” To date, Symone has not spoken much on the subject since then besides to say that she has no plans to get married right now but is glad to know she has the right to. Maybe Oprah will be able to get her to talk openly about her sexuality. It should be interesting to hear how she feels her fans have perceived her since coming out.
Raven Symone may never have been America’s sweetheart, but her adorability as Olivia on The Cosby Show earned her a place in millions of hearts, and when she starred in Disney Channel’s hit show That’s So Raven as a talented, witty psychic she became a role model for many young girls in the early 2000s. Her character, Raven, was not shy about bringing up serious issues and reminding young girls to be proud of themselves, for example, in one episode Raven is enraged to find out that she has been photoshopped to look thinner in a fashion shoot, and in another she stands up to an employer who is discriminating against black candidates for a job. If fans of the hilarious and meaningful show learned anything from Raven’s antics, hopefully they learned to be accepting and will support her in coming out the same way they supported her as a full-figured black girl when That’s So Raven was on the air.
Symone has always done a good job of staying out of scandalous situations, another topic it seems she’ll be talking about on the show. In the preview, she cites her parents’ encouragement to maintain privacy and keep good role models as the reason for her successful transition from a child star to an art student with a good head on her shoulders.