Jameela Jamil

‘I fancy everyone’: Jameela Jamil on her sexuality

Actor Jameela Jamil has opened up about her recent coming out, saying she hadn’t planned the “outburst” but was glad to have it out in the open.

The Good Place star came out on as queer in February in response to criticism over her role as judge in a new voguing show. 

Jamil admitted in an interview that her response was “not well handled”, Metro has reported.

“I’m just human and I snapped!” she said.

“If I could go back I would have done it at a different time.

“I don’t know when it’s ever really appropriate, but that was not the best time.”

Jamil came out on Twitter, saying she had been afraid of the possible public reaction.

“I added a rainbow to my name when I felt ready a few years ago, as it’s not easy within the south Asian community to be accepted, and I always answered honestly if ever straight-up asked about it on Twitter,” she posted at the time.

“But I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear, and turmoil when I was a kid.”

Jamil has now elaborated on her initial statement, saying that her orientation could be described as bisexual or pansexual.

“People are still kind of stuck in the linear and don’t understand the spectrum of sexuality,” she explained. 

“I guess I’m bisexual, but also quite fancy everyone. 

“I don’t know if that means that I’m pansexual.

“But I don’t just fancy straight men; I fancy everyone.”

The actor said she preferred to keep her love life to herself but was still glad to have come out.

“I have never felt like my private life is mine alone, so I’ve been trying to grapple with how to handle that for so long because I don’t like having my love life scrutinised,” she said.

“So I kept it quiet for a while to give myself some privacy and then it just burst out of me.

“Not my favourite moment of the year. 

“We live and we learn… it’s nice to have it off my chest.”

Jamil is set to be a lead judge of HBO’s new ballroom and voguing competition series, Legendary.

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