Washington: Lesbian rumors aren’t offensive

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington wasn’t offended by rumors she was a lesbian before her recent nuptials.

The Scandal actress’ sexuality was the subject of gossip before it was revealed she had secretly wed American football star Nnamdi Asomugha earlier this year.

The couple are now expecting their first child with Kerry about four months along, according to Us Weekly.

Speaking to gay rights publication The Advocate before the baby news was revealed, Kerry insists rumors she loved women never bothered her.

“It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life. I understand their frustration,” the actress said.

“I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, ‘See?’ Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended.”

The 36-year-old star is known for maintaining privacy about her personal life.

She reportedly wed Nnamdi in June, several days before the press got wind.

While Kerry spoke little about her own romance, she did say she is a supporter of marriage equality and hopes audiences watching her hit US political drama Scandal can learn from some of the more controversial storylines.

“Something that brings me great joy is knowing what Scandal’s audience looks like in terms of African-American households and knowing that so many African-American people and families are being introduced to our characters [White House journalist] James and [White House Chief of Staff] Cyrus,” she said of the show’s gay couple, played by Dan Bucatinsky and Jeff Perry.

“It’s really exciting that millions of viewers each week are living life with this amazing, complex couple, stepping into their gay marriage and adoption experience, which is such a vital storyline in our show.”

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