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Al Reynolds, Ex-Husband of Star Jones, Comes Out As Bisexual


After being tortured by the tabloids, Al Reynolds is embracing his identity.

Al Reynolds, the ex-husband of former The View co-host Star Jones, has come out as bisexual.

During Jones's tenure on The View, tabloids often wrote about her husband's sexual orientation.

"Ever since I have been in the public eye, people have been speculating on my sexuality. And 'speculating' is a kind word for how it actually played out. With anger and disdain, people have been calling me out as gay, closeted, a sham and even nastier; much nastier," Reynolds told, "Today, I accept myself as a bisexual man. I have learned that sexual orientation is not binary, at least for me. I am capable of loving both sexes, and I have done both."

Jones and Reynolds divorced in 2008.

When explaining why he remained in the closet so long, Reynolds said, "I am the youngest of six children in a Southern Baptist family. We grew up in a three-bedroom mobile home in Horsepasture, Virginia. We were deeply religious; when we weren't in church we were in school or an after-school activity."

His conservative Christian beginnings let to him feeling being bisexual was a sin. "People who were intimate with others of their own gender were the worst of all with no chance of redemption, or the glorious afterlife that I was taught awaited us all."

In the interview, Reynolds also described how race played a strong role in his struggle with homophobia: "As a black man, that message and the hate and homophobia were multiplied to the nth degree."

Now Reynolds is embracing his bisexuality. He told, "I will not live in fear or shame any longer. I will revel in the light of my truth and bask in the light of my Savior Jesus Christ who loves me and accepts me exactly as He created me."

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