In October, Star Jones revealed that she’s engaged to marry her boyfriend of more than a year, Richard Lugo. She’s moved on and is in love again. As for her ex-husband, Al Reynolds, he’s moved on too, and in an exclusive essay with Radar Online, has come out as bisexual following years of rumors.
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The former The View co-host and lawyer married the investment banker in 2004, and for some time, there were whispers about his sexuality due to allegations about past behavior. As he told Radar, setting the record straight, “Today, I accept myself as a bisexual man.”
“Ever since I have been in the public eye, people have been speculating on my sexuality,” he said. “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. I have come to a point in my life where I am ready to discuss my truth. I wasn’t ready to do this then — I wasn’t even ready to think about it, let alone process it.”
In his reveal, Reynolds opens up about his religious background, saying he grew up being told that “people who were intimate with others of their own gender were the worst of all with no chance of redemption.” Because of that, he tried to hide his feelings for men and focused on doing well in school, in business and being an overachiever. It has been quite the journey for him to feel comfortable enough to live his truth, and he’s thankful that he’s been able to get to this point while still being a man of strong faith.
“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,” he said. “My relationships, all of them, have been honest and based on my attraction to the other person. When I am in love I don’t equivocate, nor do I waver. I tell this story to both encourage my personal path, as well as give some small measure of hope to others that no matter your beginnings, no matter the obstacles, there is nothing so fulfilling and Godlike as living the life that was destined.”
“I will not live in fear or shame any longer,” Reynolds added. “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.”
You can check out the essay, in its entirety, over at RadarOnline.com.