‘Dirty Dancing’ star Jennifer Grey has revealed that she is “very happy” that her father, Broadway star Joel Grey, has come out at the age of 82.
The actress told People that, “I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man.”
“Mostly because the more people are free to own their true nature and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are,” she said in a statement.
Joel Grey came out to People in an interview yesterday.
The Oscar-winning Cabaret star revealed, “I don’t like labels but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.”
The actor was married to Jennifer’s mother, former actress Jo Wilder, for 24 years. The two, who divorced in 1982, are also parents to a son, James.
“All the people close to me have known for years who I am,” he told People, adding, “It took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”
Joel’s comments come more than a year after The New York Times reported that Joel Grey plans to publish a memoir in 2015. He told the newspaper that the book would have “the arc and details of both my work and my personal journey.”
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