ACTRESS Kelly McGillis has revealed why she waited until 2009 to declare she was a lesbian.
The star is best known for appearing alongside Tom Cruise in the smash hit movie Top Gun. She has two children from her marriage to Fred Tillman. The two wed in 1989 and divorced in 2002. She was also married to Boyd Black between 1979 and 1981. In September 2010, she entered into a civil union with partner Melanie Leis.
“Fundamentally, I was just tired of lying about who I am,” McGillis, 53, told Entertainment Weekly. “I’ve reached a point where my kids are grown, they’re out of the house, they no longer have to be concerned that their friends, their friends’ families, will put them in compromising emotional situations because of my sexual preference.”
“That was a big concern of mine because, unfortunately, a lot of people are not very tolerant,” she added. “I got to a certain age and I didn’t give a (expletive) anymore. Ultimately, all I have to offer anybody is my truth. I don’t have any profound wisdom, no profound insight, I only have my truth and my experience to offer others.”
“I was out before that,” McGillis said, when asked if her recurring role on Showtime’s gay and lesbian-themed show The L Word in 2008. influenced her decision to come out. “I mean, I was involved in a relationship during that. It wasn’t a thing that just happened. That’s who I am and what I’ve been for a long time. It’s just that I could never really talk about it.”[imagebrowser id=1065]
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