Jussie Smollett says he regrets his viral 2019 interview with Robin Roberts.
“I didn’t wanna do an interview,” Smollett said on Sway in the Morning. “I love and respect Robin Roberts. I did not want to do that interview. That interview wasn’t for me. That was for my character,” he said.
He said he did not watch the interview until he was on trial last year. Viewers felt Smollett lied throughout the interview.
“I watched it and I was mortified. I mean, I was mortified. I mean, I cringed at just the, every single word that I said in that interview was the truth, but there was a certain level of performative nature that came from it because I didn’t want to be there,” he said. “I was so angry and so offended that I had to go on national television and explain something that happened to me. And it was so political, and it was all of those things, and I found myself dealing with my own internalized homophobia.”
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