home  |  celeb  |  music  |  movie  |  tv
Home > Celebrity Gossip

Queen Latifah Denies Coming Out as Lesbian at Gay Pride

June 2, 2012, 6:15 pm GMT

Despite headlining the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride event, Latifah said it was not her way to come out of the closet.

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah was not trying to make a statement at the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride event last week. The "Joyful Noise" actress said attending as Grand Marshall at the festival does not mean she came out as a lesbian.

"That definitely wasn't the case. I've never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It's just not gonna happen," Latifah said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Her sexual orientation has been long debated. At the gay pride she told the crowd of 10,000 fans in Southern California that she had been "wanting to do this for a long time".

Despite the denial, it was a pleasure to perform for gay audience. "To me, doing a gay pride show is one of the most fun things," she said, adding, "My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year's Eve in San Francisco. Tupac happened to be in town, so he came to kick it with me. This was the early '90s. And the boys were like, 'Take your shirt off, Tupac!'. He wasn't doing that. But we had a blast in there."

The 42-year-old also sent her support for her gay fans, saying "I know that the most important thing and the only thing I have to give is love. When people are going through hatred and bullying, the biggest thing to fight that is love."

More Queen Latifah News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Video: Ellen DeGeneres Plays Anastasia Steele in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Spoof

November 27, 2014, 9:50 am GMT

ARIA Awards 2014: Sia Wins Big, One Direction and 5SOS Are Among Performs

November 27, 2014, 9:33 am GMT

Justin Bieber Builds Snowman With His Little Sister Jazmyn

November 27, 2014, 9:31 am GMT

'The Walking Dead' Boss Teases a Tearjerking Midseason Finale

November 27, 2014, 9:15 am GMT

Ridley Scott Responds to 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Whitewashing Backlash

November 27, 2014, 9:12 am GMT

Beyonce Shares Photo of Blue Ivy in Front of Giant Christmas Tree

November 27, 2014, 9:00 am GMT

Meghan Trainor Sings Hilarious Thanksgiving Carols on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

November 27, 2014, 8:54 am GMT

'Paranormal Activity 5' Set to Get 3D Release

November 27, 2014, 7:26 am GMT
Switch to Desktop Version.