Jussie Smollett has been acting since a child. He first starred in The Mighty Ducks and North, but he’s most recently known for his role as Jamal Lyon on Empire.
Smollett’s role as Jamal has been viewed as revolutionary because he plays a gay musician struggling for his father’s approval. Despite being in the business for his entire life it wasn’t until 2015 that Smollett came out as gay.
The actor came out on The Ellen Show, he came out to his parents when he was 19. He later told Out magazine that his sexuality is more fluid. “If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man. With that said, I believe that love is the only thing that matters, and I would hope that anybody would leave themselves open — not to gender, but to love.”
Smollett made headlines again in 2019, but not in a positive groundbreaking way that his coming out story did. He was brutally attacked in Chicago by two men. The attack is being investigated as a hate crime because the men made racial and homophobic slurs toward Smollett, put a noose around his neck and poured an unknown liquid on his skin.
He is okay and is recovering from the attack.
Check out Smollett’s full dating history below.
Before Smollett came out, he dated fellow actress Raven-Symoné. It was rumored that at one point Symoné was pregnant, but that turned out to be just a rumor. Even though the two aren’t together anymore they are still friends.
The two acted together on Empire when Symoné had a guest role. She denied having a romantic relationship with Jussie and told Billboard that they are just best friends.
Jussie Smollett has expressed he is currently happily in a relationship but he is not revealing much about the identity of the person.