Raven-Symone: Don't Label Me 'Gay' or 'African-American'


Former child star Raven-Symone isn't into labels.

The That's So Raven actress, 28, recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey for her show Oprah: Where Are They Now?, where besides throwing some serious shade at a few of her fellow child stars, she also got super-candid on both her sexuality and identity.

Raven came out via Twitter last August, and confirmed to Oprah that she's in an "amazing, happy relationship with [her] partner, a woman." A picture then flashed confirming that her partner is AzMarie Livingston, who America's Next Top Model: British Invasion fans will remember from the show's 2012 season.

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When Oprah asked when Raven was first aware of her sexuality, Raven said she knew when she was fairly young.

"In that topic of dating and in love, I knew when I was like 12," she revealed. "I was looking at everything."

But she's not into labels -- of any kind.

"I don't want to be labeled gay," she said. "I want to be labeled a human who loves humans."

The same goes when talking about her ethnicity.

"I'm tired of being labeled," Raven continued. "I'm an American. I'm not an African-American -- I'm American."

When a shocked Oprah told her that her controversial comments might "set Twitter on fire," Raven was unwavering on her statements.

"I will say this. I don't know where my roots go to," she said. "I don't know how far back they go. ... I don't know what country in Africa I'm from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I'm American. And that's a colorless person."

"I don't label myself," she added. "I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with Black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture."

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Hear more from another one-time child star who's come out -- and even gotten married -- on his own terms in this clip with Neil Patrick Harris.