Actress Amandla Stenberg has come out as gay.
“I’m grateful for how being gay has afforded me this ability to experience and understand love and sex, and therefore life, in an expansive and infinite way,” she told Wonderland magazine in an interview with the singer King Princess.
“My sexuality is not a byproduct of my past experiences with men, who I have loved, but rather a part of myself I was born with and love deeply.”
The “Everything, Everything” star, 19, admitted to having a few “big Gay Sob moments” but said they weren’t tears of sadness but rather “joyful and overwhelmed sobs.”
“I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realized that I’m gay – not bi, not pan, but gay – with a romantic love for women,” Stenberg explained. “All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unraveled a long web of denial and self-deprivation.”
Coming out also made the “Hunger Games” actress realize the reasons behind some of her sexual experiences growing up.
“Like oh, maybe there’s a reason why I kissed my best friends and felt ashamed growing up. Or watched lesbian porn and masturbated (and more) with my friends at sleepovers,” she said. “Or stifled a scream of horror the first time I saw a penis and had to convince myself with much internal strife that I was enjoying what was going down.”
Stenberg, who revealed that Mila Kunis was her first female crush, also said that coming out lifted a huge weight off her shoulders.
“I was flooded with a sense of calm and peace because everything that I struggled with or felt discomfort around finally made sense to me,” she said, “and once those floodgates opened and years of pent up pain and shame were released, I found the freedom to live my best life waiting for me just underneath.”
She also celebrated on Instagram by writing, “OUT & PROUD.”
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