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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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31.

RonRon    

Notice Obama's poll numbers have went down since he basically came out. I know this is a shock to TMZ and the rest of Hollywood but the gay lifestyle is still not accepted.

890 days ago
32.

Toilethead    

If she had my eight inches she'd turn straight in a heart beat.

890 days ago
33.

Tesla_Consulting    

This is why celebrities are always depressed. Hollywood knew but not "the public". U can suck it lady.

890 days ago
34.

Tesla_Consulting    

Gay marriage should be legal AND prostitution should be decriminalized.

889 days ago
35.

Robert    

So basically, she is saying Gay people in Hollywood kept her in the closet for 25+ years using her "fans" as an excuse because she was fearful of their reactions?

889 days ago
36.

krazypenguin    

could you find a worse pic?

888 days ago
37.

Christina    

Seriously, a lot of you are claiming to watch B&B and yet you don't recognize Joanna Johnson? I don't even watch the freakin' show! She only played CAROLINE SPENCER, Ridge's first wife - you know, the girl whose engagement party he first met Brooke working at? She now plays Caroline's twin Karen but only appears sporadically. "Soap fans" my a**!

888 days ago
38.

Becki    

She's Karen Spencer on the Bold & The Beautiful. It was Karen's sister Caroline who was married to Ridge before he married Brooke. Karen dated Thorne. It took her this long to come out?? She's been married to another woman for 4 years and together 5 years before they got married and she's just coming out now???? WOW! LOL

887 days ago
39.

Hadrada    

God, everyone is these days- hasn't the fad passed?

886 days ago
40.

HG    

who cares?

885 days ago
41.

Mio    

Ya but isn't every woman a lesbian though?

884 days ago
42.

Justinishulk    

Good for her... so i don't care...simply as that

874 days ago
43.

jim     

Why is it that gay people have to tell everyone they are gay ???? straight people dont go around telling people of there situations . Seem kinda off base does nt it......................

872 days ago
44.

Crispy Bacon    

So she married a woman in 2008 and no one had ANY clue she was a lesbian??

868 days ago
45.

parlayer    

This proves the "Size dosen't mater"

865 days ago
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