Rosie O'Donnell Reveals She Tried To Publicly Come Out In 1992
Updated Monday at 11 a.m. PST:
Rosie tweeted us clarifying that her coming out wasn't "blocked." She says:
@instinctmag - i said yes - then HGB - spoke to my publicist lois smith - and it was taken out of the article. i wasn't "blocked" -
— Rosie (@Rosie) February 17, 2014
"HGB" refers to Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan's Editor-in-Chief. Thanks for the clarification, Rosie!!
What a difference a few decades makes!
Rosie O'Donnell joined Marlo Thomas for a sit-down where she explained that she actually tried to come out publicly in 1992 during an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine.
While O'Donnell says she came out in 1992 during an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, the disclosure never ran.
"At that time, nobody printed it," she said. "I remember [Editor-in-Chief] Helen Gurley Brown took it out of an interview that [a reporter] had done with me in, like, 1992. He said, 'Are you gay?' and I said, 'Yes.' She took it out ... She was protecting me because at that time it would've been a huge issue, right? So, I think it's changed a lot. I think it's much more common and people are much more used to it. Being a part of a gay family was not nearly as troubling to my kids as being part of a famous family."
O'Donnell came out publicly in 2002 during a show at Caroline's Comedy Club in New York.
It's also interesting that Rosie's disclosure was taken out as a means to "protect"
her rather than censor her. We wonder if the media would show similar restraint today, right or wrong?