Joel Grey is one brave man!
The Broadway actor, who starred in George M! and Cabaret, has officially come out as a gay man.
While the 82-year-old was married to Jo Wilder for 24 years, the actor says his close friends and family have known about his true identity for a while.
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The stage star revealed:
"I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."
As for why it took Grey so long to publicly come out, he explained:
"I remember hearing the grownups talk in the next room, my mother included, talking derisively about 'fairies' and men being dragged off to jail and even worse for being who they were."
Dirty Dancing star and the daughter of Joel, Jennifer Grey, is 100% supportive of her dad:
"I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man. Mostly because the more people are free to own their true nature and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, no matter what age, no matter how long it takes, to finally be free of the lies or half truths, it is freedom."
What a perfect statement.
Congrats on living your life honestly, Joel!
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