The former “Roseanne” star and child actress says that she struggled with her sexuality for years before officially coming out in 2010 after dating actor, Johnny Galecki.
Gilbert is now a co-host on the television show, “The Talk”. All throughout the week, the hosts have been sharing their most personal secrets. On Monday, Sharon Osbourne admitted to, what she called, a “flingy wingy” with Jay Leno at the young age of 25; On Tuesday, Aisha Tyler discussed struggling with fertility, and Wednesday, Julie Chen discussed her eye surgery she underwent to change her Asian look. Then, on Thursday, Gilbert openly talked about being a lesbian.
Galecki co-starred with Gilbert on “Roseanne”, playing her boyfriend and then eventually her husband. The two started dating while still filming the show. “I thought he was super cute and had a total crush on him,” she said, “and we started dating and he would come over and we would make out and then I would start to get depressed.”
At first, Galecki took the rejection personally, until Gilbert explained to him that she thought she may be a lesbian. At that point, Galecki said that he completely supported her and has stood by her through the major transition she was going through. He even kept her secret when she started dating a woman.
“He was super sweet about it,” Gilbert said. ”I started dating a woman who was like 18 years older than I was. No one knew at the show for years and Johnny held the secret the whole time and I just felt like always so scared if it came out, what could happen? Could I lose my career?”
Gilbert called Galecki when she decided to go public with her secret, and once again Galecki was their to support her in any way possible.
“The story sort of starts with you,” Gilbert told him, “and you know I’ve got to say that I made out with you and got depressed, which is kind of a bummer! And he was like ‘Yeah, no, of course and I love you and I think it’s really important. I’m so proud of you.’” she said. ”He said, ‘If you want, I’ll be there and hold your hand.’ I just thought that was so sweet.”
Gilbert is now engaged to be married to musician, Linda Perry. However, she still says that she struggles when talking about her sexuality publicly. “I talk about my sexuality on the show or in public I still feel really scared. So I’ll try and act confident or I’ll make jokes about it, but there’s still a piece of me that goes ‘Well, what is this costing me in my career?”
“I want people to know there can still be a struggle with it and that’s okay,” Gilbert said. “It’s a process and there can be a part of you that doesn’t want to feel different or feel scared.”
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