Any fan of the American musical drama, Empire will be familiar with the character – Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollet. A major talking point of the Jamal character was his sexuality. Join us as we take a look at issues surrounding Jussie Smollett’s sexuality.
Jussie Smollett is an American singer, songwriter, photographer, actor, and director who began his career as a child actor. He is most popularly known for playing the role of Jamal Lyon in the Fox drama series, Empire in which he appeared alongside Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson among other actors and actresses.
Smollett co-wrote You’re So Beautiful and I Wanna Love You which are songs on the Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire album which was released in 2015. The same year, he confirmed to have signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. In 2018, he self-released his debut album titled Sum of My Music through Music of Sound which is his own music label.
Is Jussie Smollett Really Gay?
One of the major themes of Empire was the sexuality of the character – Jamal Lyon who is gay and struggled to win the approval of his father hip-hop mogul father, Lucious Lyon. As the series unfolded, many questions about Jussie’s sexual orientation were brought to the fore, it was therefore not much of a surprise when many adherent viewers realized that Jussie Smollett is actually gay in real life.
Jussie informed his parents of his sexual preference when he was 19 years old. However, he made his gay status public in March 2015 in a televised interview with Ellen Degeneres.
In 2016, the issue of Smollett’s sexuality came up in an interview with Out Magazine where he had to clarify that he considers himself a gay man nevertheless, he prioritizes openness to love over the issue of the individual’s gender. He said that furthermore if by chance he falls in love with a woman, he was going to love her. He added that while growing up, he showed interest in girls.
Who is Jussie Smollett’s Boyfriend or Partner?
In May 2018, Smollett shared that he was coupled up but it is not clear who is dating. However, in 2017 there were speculations that he was in a romantic relationship with Tawan Davis. Both of them happen to work for the welfare of the African American community. Davis Tawan is an African-American businessman and philanthropist.
The pair has been overly protective of their relationship and they enjoy spending time together with family and friends.
In 2015, rumor had it that he was romantically linked with football player Michael Sam which he debunked. In 2016, it was reported that he was in a relationship with director Anthony Hemingway. Raven Symone was not left out of the romance rumor but she was quick to disclaim the rumor.
What is His Net worth?
Alongside his on-screen siblings on Empire – Trai Byers and Bryshere Y. Gray, Smollett earns $20,000 per episode. His parents on the show – Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, earn $175,000 per episode.
By November 2018, Smollett had given out about $125,000 of his earnings from music charities including, South Africa’s SKY Foundation, the Black AIDS Institute, the Human Rights Campaign, Flint KIDS, the Trayvon Martin Foundation, Know Your Rights Camp and the ACLU. Jussie Smollett’s net worth is said to stand at $1 million. His earnings are primarily from his acting and music careers.
Other Facts about Jussie Smollett
. Jussie Smollet’s mother Janet was close friends with Angela Davis with whom she marched during the Civil Rights movements.
· Smollett played a concert for No Money in Flint, Michigan to help raise money to assist those affected by the water crisis in Michigan.
. According to the Police, Jussie Smollett Paid Ola & Abel Osundairo the sum of $3,500 by check to stage an attack on Him.
. Mark Geragos is Jussie Smollett’s lawyer
· On 20 February 2019, a charge of felony was made against Smollett for filing a false police report
. In a bid to manage the big mess that his alleged staged attack has become, Jussie has engaged the services of a professional Crisis Manager, Chris Bastardi to perform some sort of damage control.
. Jussie Smollett has been indicted on 16 counts of felony for “false report of offense”. This was on the 8th of March, 2019.