Ellen Page Talks Coming Out in Flare: “I Expected So Much More Hate”
Ellen Pageopens up about coming out as gay in the June issue of Flare.
As Gossip Cop reported, Page announced she was a lesbian during her speech at the LGBT conference “Time to THRIVE” in February.
When asked about that turning point, Page says she was “very, very nervous.”
“You think you’re in a place where you’re all ‘I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay,’ but you actually do,” she reveals to the Canadian magazine.
She explains, “You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.”
Page says she is currently single, and although she is unwilling to discuss past relationships, she says she will “always be happy to talk about being gay.”
“You hear things like, ‘People shouldn’t know about your life because you’re creating an illusion on-screen.’ But I don’t see other actresses going to great lengths to hide their heterosexuality,” she says. “That’s an unfair double standard.”
The actress was surprised by the public’s overall reaction.
“I expected so much more hate,” says Page. “It was just remarkably positive, which is beautiful, because it’s indicative of the change that’s happening.”
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