Amazon-Video Comedy Central Showtime Apple TV+ DC Universe Disney Plus YouTube Premium HBO Max Peacock source-3036 Netflix Vudu HBO Go Hulu Plus Amazon Prime CBS All Access Verizon

Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Sign in with Facebook Sign in with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Agreement.

Broadway Legend Joel Grey Comes Out as Gay

Why he's coming out at 82

unnamed.jpg
Sadie Gennis

Broadway legend and Oscar-winning star of Cabaret Joel Grey has come out as gay.

In an interview with People, the 82-year-old revealed: "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

Watch This Now

Looking for your next binge? TV Guide editors handpick the shows that are actually worth watching and deliver daily recommendations straight to your inbox.

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Out and proud celebrities

During his childhood in Cleveland, Grey said he "came to realize, along with being attracted to girls, I had similar feelings for boys." But the actor remained closeted for years, partially due to "hearing the grownups talk in the next room, my mother included, talking derisively about 'fairies' and men being dragged off to jail and even worse for being who they were."

Grey was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, which he referred to "the happiest [time] of my life." The former couple have two children together, actress Jennifer Grey and son James.

Grey has been out to friends and family for years now, yet "it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was," he admitted.

"I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man," Jennifer told the magazine. "Mostly because the more people are free to own their true nature and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, no matter what age, no matter how long it takes, to finally be free of the lies or half truths, it is freedom."

TODAY'S VIDEO: Can Caroline save her mom on The Vampire Diaries?