Kerry Washington on Lesbian Rumors: "Nothing Offensive About It"

Celebrity News Oct. 31, 2013 AT 3:40PM
Kerry Washington on October 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California In a new interview with The Advocate, Kerry Washington, who is expecting her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, says there is "nothing offensive" about rumors that she's a lesbian. Credit: Jonathan Leibson/Getty

No scandal here! In an interview with The Advocate conducted before Us Weekly exclusively revealed she's expecting her first child, Scandal star Kerry Washington openly discussed rumors that she's a lesbian -- and why it doesn't bother her at all.

"It's interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn't share their personal life. I understand their frustration," the 36-year-old actress shared. "I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, 'See?' Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I've never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There's nothing offensive about it, so there's no reason to be offended."

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Washington is notoriously private about her personal life and secretly tied the knot with San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in late June. As Us exclusively reported on Wednesday, Oct. 30, the couple is expecting their first child together. "She's about four months along," a source told Us of Washington.

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The Emmy nominee is a big supporter of marriage equality and says she's proud her ABC political thriller Scandal represents diversity.

"Something that brings me great joy is knowing what Scandal's audience looks like in terms of African-American households and knowing that so many African-American people and families are being introduced to our characters James and Cyrus," she said of a gay couple, Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) and political journalist James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky) on the show. "It's really exciting that millions of viewers each week are living life with this amazing, complex couple, stepping into their gay marriage and adoption experience, which is such a vital storyline in our show."

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As proud of the show as she is, the actress isn't afraid to poke fun at her character Olivia Pope. In promo clips for her Nov. 2 hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, the expectant star joked about the "scandalous" show.

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