Just when we thought we couldn't love Jussie Smollett more, this happens.
The Empire star is featured in OUT magazine's March 2016 issue — and what's even more impressive than his steamy cover shot is what he has to say on the inside.
The 32-year-old told Ellen DeGeneres he has "never been in the closet," he just prefers to keep his private life out of the spotlight.
But as many celebrities are well aware, with fame comes curiosity.
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In the new interview, the California native explained:
"I am a gay man with an extremely open heart. God, I've never had to talk about this, so I'm trying to find the words. 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. I would hope that people would not close themselves off from what could be if, lo and behold, you meet somebody that just sweeps you off your feet, and you just can't do anything about it. If we truly believe that we are born this way, then why do we try to stifle the way we were born? If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I'm going to love that woman."
Love is love!
As for his decision to first discuss his sexuality on Ellen: