Veteran actress and television host Whoopi Goldberg has candidly discussed her sexuality and past relationships in a recent episode of The Best Podcast Ever. The discussion, which took place with hosts Raven-Symoné and her wife Miranda, shed light on some of the misconceptions surrounding Goldberg’s personal life.
Goldberg, 67, addressed rumors about her sexuality during the podcast episode, aiming to set the record straight. She confirmed that she is “not a lesbian” but expressed her support for the LGBTQ+ community and her portrayal of lesbian characters onscreen.
The conversation was sparked by Raven-Symoné, who humorously mentioned that she sensed “lesbian vibes” from Goldberg during their time working together on ABC’s The View. The trio shared laughter over the comment, with Raven playfully suggesting that Goldberg’s presence exuded both feminine and masculine energy.
Goldberg responded with grace, affirming that while she is not a lesbian, she has had many lesbian friends and has played lesbian characters in her acting career. She emphasized her respect and admiration for the LGBTQ+ community, highlighting the beauty of embracing both masculine and feminine qualities.
The conversation delved into the complexity of identity and human expression, with Raven-Symoné expressing her appreciation for Goldberg’s ability to embody duality. The former child star, who came out as gay at the age of 12, praised Goldberg’s authenticity and the way she presents herself.
Goldberg’s personal life has been subject to public scrutiny over the years, particularly regarding her marriages. She has been married three times, with all three marriages ultimately ending in divorce. Reflecting on her past relationships, Goldberg candidly admitted that by the time her third marriage ended, she found the process “expensive and boring.”
Goldberg’s first marriage was to Alvin Martin, a drug counselor, which lasted from 1973 to 1979. Her second marriage, to cinematographer David Claessen, took place in 1986 but ended in divorce by 1988. Her third marriage, to union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg, occurred in 1994 but dissolved the following year.
Despite her experiences with marriage, Goldberg chose not to remarry after her third divorce. She has had subsequent relationships, including live-in partnerships with actor Frank Langella and playwright David Schein. Throughout her personal journey, Goldberg has remained steadfast in her commitment to authenticity and embracing her true self.
The podcast conversation underscored the importance of accepting and celebrating individuality, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Goldberg’s candidness resonates with her longstanding reputation as a trailblazer in the entertainment industry, using her platform to challenge norms and promote understanding.
As Goldberg continues to shine onscreen and beyond, her openness about her personal journey reminds us all that the path to self-discovery and acceptance is a journey worth celebrating.
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Derek Chan – Editor