Last week, actress Jameela Jamil came out as queer on Instagram after she copped major backlash over a new gig as the MC of a vogueing show.
After Deadline reported Jamil would be the MC and judge of HBO’s upcoming vogueing show Legendary, fans were quick to criticise the choice, with many claiming the actress was unqualified to be on a show about an LGBTQ subculture she’s not a part of.
Jamil tried to call out Deadline for incorrectly crediting her as the MC of the show, but it only backfired. This lead the 33-year-old actress to release a statement on her sexuality, and ultimately come out as a queer woman.
Fast-forward to this week and Jamil has some regrets about how the whole thing went down. The actress took to Instagram yesterday to share a selfie, which she captioned, “Well. Last week was a perfect clusterf*ck. It was completely overwhelming.”
She went on to say that “a misunderstanding was left uncorrected for too long, and misinformation spread too far, too fast, then my timing was bad, and in a moment of distress and pain, personal things were blurted out…”
Speaking about coming out as queer, Jamil said, “I thankfully chose the *most* inappropriate and unfortunate time, maybe ever, for mine.”
In her caption, Jamil also thanked her followers for “the thousands of messages of kindness and deeply personal letters from strangers and people I know, coming out to me privately.”
“I don’t take it lightly and am happy for you that you felt ready to tell even one person,” she said. “Do it whenever you feel the time is right, as long as you think you’ll be safe. Don’t feel bad for hiding it for as long as you need, and move at your own pace. But feel no shame about getting it off your chest and know you aren’t alone.”
This week, the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA honoured Laura Dern with the most hilarious tribute at the Spirit Awards. Listen to the GOAT team spill the tea below:
As we’ve mentioned previously, it’s heartbreaking that Jameela Jamil felt forced to come out as queer to avoid hate, but her words are incredibly inspiring for anyone going through similar struggles.
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