Kerry Washington: There's "Nothing Offensive" About Lesbian Rumors

The mom-to-be discusses speculation about her sexuality.

Posted: 11/01/2013 08:45 AM EDT

Kerry Washington may be married to a football player and expecting a baby, but she doesn't mind that some people assumed she was gay. The Scandal star spoke to The Advocate (before news of her pregnancy became public) about the lesbian rumors that followed her for years.

"It's interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn't share their personal life. I understand their frustration," the 36-year-old actress shared. "I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, 'See?' Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual?"

"But I've never been bothered by the lesbian rumor," she continues. "There's nothing offensive about it, so there's no reason to be offended."

Washington secretly tied the knot with boyfriend Nnamdi Asomugha — who she had been secretly dating since 2012 — last June. The notoriously private star is now four months pregnant with the couple's first child, according to Us Weekly

While the actress has managed to keep her personal life private, there's no keeping her success under wraps. Scandal continues to break ratings records in its third season and Washington was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series earlier this year. 

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