Oprah asked the talented actress if that was her way of coming out, to which she responded:
That was my way of saying I’m proud of the country. But, I will say that I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman.
Symone, 28, also set the record straight about why she keeps her personal life private and how she doesn’t label her sexuality or her race, stating:
I’m an American. I’m not an African-American.
Check out video of Raven’s interview below and share your thoughts…
People in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible. So, I try my best to hold the fence where I can,” she said.
“But I am proud to be who I am and what I am.”
The 28-year-old gave an honest, candid answer while simultaneously throwing serious shade at troubled child stars like Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes, to name a few.
“There’s a few answers…My parents taught me to keep my private life private to the best of my ability,” she explained.
“They showed me out there all the role models that I could turn into and what I want from myself in the future and seeing all of the statistics [with] child stars going off the edge.”
She continued, “And what I’ve learned? It’s unnecessary to go to the world’s most popular restaurant when you have a scandal on your head and then get mad when someone is going to take a picture of you. That’s your fault, boo boo. Stay in the house.”
“I was looking at everything.” That being said, Raven declared, “I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay.’ I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans.’”
Raven then spoke about her disdain for ‘labels’. She tells Oprah: “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American.” To which Oprah offers her a chance to take her statement back before it sparks a social media outrage.
“I mean, I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go…I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana,” she said.
“I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person.”
Oprah: “You’re going to get a lot of flak for saying you’re not African-American. You know that, right?”
Raven: “I don’t label myself. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with Black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.
As for ‘what’s next?’ for the former child star, Raven reveals she’s currently enrolled in college: