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Amber Heard Explains Why She Came Out as Bi to Italian Fashion Magazine

Saturday Jan 12, 2019
Amber Heard
Amber Heard  (Source:Associated Press)

Amber Heard may be playing Aquaman's love interest in the mega-hit DC Comics movie, but perhaps she could also be Wonder Woman's as well, at least in her personal life.

In an interview with the Italian fashion magazine IO Donna, the 32-year old actress explained why she came out as bisexual.

"It was a period when my colleagues were increasingly demanding privacy and in the meantime being bisexual was considered a taboo," she told the magazine.

"But to be silent about something means to admit underneath that that thing is wrong. But I knew it was not like that.

"So I told myself to describe reality in a truthful way and to offer young people someone to look up to, since those of my generation had grown up without any model of reference.

"Who knows, thanks to me, maybe someone has felt less inadequate. The luck of this job is that it offers me an important platform, but I have a duty to give something back. To talk about justice, to make my roles have an impact... it's the least I can do."


Jason Momae and Amber Heard in "Aquaman."  

Heard came out at GLAAD's 25th anniversary event in 2010. She said in at the time in an interview on the website afterellen.com: "I think GLAAD is one of the many reasons that I, as a 24-year-old, can come out. I think that organizations like GLAAD make that possible because if it weren't for opinions being changed, people being influenced, people being engaged to do the right thing, then there would be no prerogative for anyone to come out. Like I said, I can't be a part of the problem. I hate the idea of a label just as much as anyone else but I'm with who I'm with, I love who I love and I'm if not a better actress than I was yesterday and my personal life should have no effect on that. I think that the injustice of people staying in the closet is more than I can bear with a clear conscience and I couldn't sleep at night if I was a part of that problem, if I was part of the lies."

At the time she was in a relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree. They split in 2012.

In 2017 she told Gay Times that she was advised not to come out. "Even though everyone around me strongly advised me against it, I just, it was just wrong. I would rather go down for being who I am than to have risen for being something I'm not," she told the publication.

She also had advice for gay actors in Hollywood and the effect it would have: ""If every gay man that I know personally came out in Hollywood tomorrow... we'll have a day of it, national 'you know who you are day' - if all of the gay men I knew personally came out tomorrow, then this would be a nonissue in a month."


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