There’s been some confusion about Clementine Ford lately, with a semi-retraction of her “coming out” in DIVA Magazine. Ford recently told TV Guide that she hadn’t “come out” at all, and did not like to “label herself.”
Today, she told The Advocate: “I am gay. “I just wanted there not to be this big emphasis on it.”
“It’s funny,” Ford said of her interview with DIVA. “I was having kind of rough day. My best friend sent me a text saying, ‘You have to see this.’ So, I went online to see this link and I read the comments and I go, ‘They hate me!’ When I did the TV Guide interview I was angry because there is the whole perception now that I came out and I went back in. And what upset me was I felt that because I did not ‘come out’ in that interview, I felt it was unfair to fans that bought the magazine expecting to get a tearful story that says, ‘I’m gay.’
“I thought it was misleading, and now because I was upset by that cover, I am apparently back in the closet and people hate me.”
Ford with her mother and L Word co-star Cybill Shepherd at a gala in December
So it’s official: Ms. Ford is a lesbian, but did not feel she had officially “come out” or made a statement like that to DIVA. She opened up to The Advocate, which gives me the impression she really felt she wanted to be fair to her fans and fans of The L Word, who were confused and upset by the possibility she had been ashamed of her sexuality or had closeted herself in anyway.
“There are people who get it, and get what my original meaning was,” Ford told the magazine. “Just as I was talking about storylines being a nonissue on The L Word; it should just be these people are gay and it’s part of life. I think with that article, and what came across as ambiguity, was actually my attempt at making it a nonissue.”
“Look, I am gay, and I just wanted there not to be this big emphasis on it.”
Some other tidbits from the interview with The Advocate:
On The L Word being groundbreaking:
On fans of The L Word:
Ford as Molly on The L Word
On talking to her The L Word co-stars about her new gig on The Young and the Restless:
On Prop. 8:
Clementine Ford is not only out, but she seems to be proud, too. Ladies, we officially have a new celesbian. Welcome to the club, Clem.
Editor’s note: this news was announced early on March 31, and is NOT an April Fool’s joke – the timing is just coincidental.