Raven-Symoné Explains Her Fear of Sharing Her Sexuality When She Was Younger: ‘Oh My God, Little Olivia’s Gay?’ 

The former child star discusses the painful experience of keeping her sexual identity a secret for years.

Raven-Symoné found fame at a young age for her roles on The Cosby Show and her Disney show That’s So Raven, but the entire time she grappled with keeping her sexuality under wraps.

“I never thought I would come out because my personal life didn’t matter,” she said in Lexus L/Studio’s “It Got Better” docu-series. “It was only what was supposed to be sold as, you know, the Raven-Symoné brand.”

The View co-host shared that she became aware of her sexuality at around age 12 and experimented with friends but it never went far because she felt at the time “that this can’t be talked about.” Symoné even admitted that she attempted to push herself to get interested in boys.

“I look back now and go ‘Whoa, you liked girls,’” she said. “I knew I couldn’t say it out loud because ‘Oh little Olivia’s gay? This is crazy!’”

The now-30-year-old also discussed coming out to her parents during her college years and the unburdening that it brought to her life.

“I felt lighter. I felt like I could go out and not have to put on 17 different hats to be myself.”