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'Bold and Beautiful' Star

Yup, I'm a Lesbian

5/14/2012 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"The Bold and the Beautiful" star Joanna Johnson -- who plays a closeted lesbian on the soap opera -- is now coming out in real life ... saying she's gay too.

Joanna opened up in a recent interview with TV Guide Magazine, saying "I'm here. I'm queer. And I'm just getting used to it."

Joanna tells the magazine, "When I realized I was gay in my early twenties we didn't have role models like Ellen. I'm not anywhere near as famous as those ladies, but I guess it's my turn to do my little part. It's time to live a fully authentic life."

As for fan reaction -- Joanna said, "I would be very sad and hurt if the B&B fans were disappointed I'm a lesbian, or somehow feel betrayed that I kept it secret."

Joanna and her wife Michelle have been together for nine years. They married in 2008. This is the first time Joanna's made a public statement about her sexuality.

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agarrison    

I think she's Karen Spencer

831 days ago
17.

The Dude    

I've decided to come out as a straight male! Someone throw me a friggin' parade! Who the f... cares?

831 days ago
18.

xlllllllx    

I kept secret the fact that I was heterosexual for 22 years. Man it felt nice. Didn't think I needed to announce it to the world until now.

831 days ago
19.

Superman    

Yeah, because all the heterosexuals have to tell everybody that they are straight with public statements. "Being gay" is like the attention whore of sexual taboos or fetishes. Though, "breastfeeding in public" moms are trying to take the title away. We don't need to hear or see what gets you off...so keep it in the closet or whatever room you keep it or do it at home.

831 days ago
20.

nothng2lose    

Guess every star now is gay since OB approves

831 days ago
21.

dsa    

Imagine that, another Hollywood homo... and the is news?

831 days ago
22.

SURFCOWBOY    

YAYYYYY, marry me

831 days ago
23.

parlayer    

what did one lesbian frog say the other?? "See I told you we tasted like chicken" Heard that one from her!

831 days ago
24.

Fifty Shades of WTF    

It will be SO AWESOME when being gay, or straight for that matter... is not considered news. It just is.

831 days ago
25.

static    

It's 2012 it's not a big deal, Get over yourself.

831 days ago
26.

jean    

Gee, I have never had the urge to announce to the world that I'm straight! What is this phenomenon?

831 days ago
27.

PG    

Yawn. No one cares.

831 days ago
28.

thomas    

Once Romney gets elected, Gays will need to go in hiding or risk having their heads shaved.

831 days ago
29.

Taylor    

What is this world coming to?? People are announcing they're gay and they actually happy about it?? This is not what God had in mind when He created us, I guess its just a "free for all and make your own rules" kinda year isnt it? I dont believe in being born this way bc u would be stating that God made a mistake. People who feel God was wrong or just dont believe in Him will look sooooo ridiculous on judgement day.

830 days ago
30.

cari    

She woodenly appears on a soap. So the question is....WHO are you? and we don't care.

830 days ago
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