Raven-Symone Discusses How She Is “Tired Of Being Labeled” With Oprah Winfrey

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In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Raven-Symone, opened up about her sexuality and the labels that have been affecting her throughout her career.

Raven, first touched our hearts when she played Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show at the age of 3. She gained Disney fame when she starred in her own show That’s So Raven and the hit The Cheetah Girls movies. But it was when she tweeted back in August of last year “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you!” that she made headlines.

She tells Oprah, “I knew when I was 12. I was looking at everything,” she said, adding, “I don’t need a categorizing statement for it. I don’t want to be labeled gay. I want to be labeled a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled…”

Did you have a word for it?’ the 60-year-old talk show host asked. ‘Because I think when you’re younger you don’t even have language for what it is.’

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‘I don’t need language. I don’t need a categorizing statement for it… I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner, a woman. On the other side, my mother and people in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible, but I am proud to be who I am and what I am.”

Further discussing the topic of labels she continues, “I’m an American. I’m not an African American,” to which Winfrey replied, “Oh girl, don’t set the Twitter on fire. What did you just say?”

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Realizing that she hit on a very sensitive subject, she explains,  “I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know I have roots in Louisiana. I’m an American, and that’s a colorless person. We are all people. I have lots of things running through my veins.
Oprah responded: ‘I mean you’re gonna get a lot of flack for saying you’re not African American. You know that right?’

Raven elaborated: ‘What I really mean by that is I’m an American. That’s what I really mean. I have darker skin. I have a nice interesting grade of hair… I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.’


Sources: Us, Dailymail

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