Billy Dee Williams Says He’s NOT Gender Fluid
Recently, we reported that Star Wars’ Billy Dee Williams came out as Gender Fluid after sitting down for an interview where he explained that he sees himself as feminine as well as masculine,
“I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colourful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously… And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine.”
However, the actor came out to clarify his comments that he believes were misinterpreted, adding that he is not gay and does not know what gender fluid even means,
“Well, first of all, I asked last night. I said, ‘What the hell is gender fluid?’ That’s a whole new term. But what I was talking about was about men getting in touch with their softer side of themselves. There’s a phrase that was coined by Carl G. Jung, who was a psychiatrist, who was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, and they had a splitting of the ways because they had different ideas about the … what do you call it? Consciousness. Unconscious. It’s collective unconsciousness. But he coined a phrase that’s, ‘Anima animus.’ And anima means that is the female counterpart of the male self, and the animus is the male counterpart of the female.”
“So, that’s what I was referring to. I was talking about men getting in touch with the female side of themselves. I wasn’t talking about sex, I wasn’t talking about being gay or straight. I’m not gay — by any stretch of the imagination. Not that I have anything against gay people. But personally? Not gay.”
Gender fluid doesn’t have much to do with a person’s sexual orientation, but, related to people who do not identify as having a fixed gender.
Billy sat down with Esquire magazine where the 82-year-old got candid about his life and career.
“I never tried to be anything except myself,” Williams said.
“And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine,” he added. “I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”
Williams also spoke about his role in Brian’s Song where he played Gale Sayers. He added that it wasn’t just a tale of two roommates.
“It was a love story, really,” Williams added. “Between two guys. Without sex. It ended up being a kind of breakthrough in terms of racial division.”
Williams is set to star as Lando once again in final installment, “The Rise of Skywalker.”
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