Sade Gilbert Shares What Her Dad Feared The Most When She Came Out! The UK based TV presenter recently took to Instagram on National Coming Out Day sharing her story of coming out.
When it came out to the public, Sade was at the top of her game as the host for Strictly Come Dancing and she feared she was going to lose her job.
Sade says she came out to her dad when she was 19. The child star went on to reveal that her father knew but didn’t want it to be true.
“My father feared the same thing, more so he feared for my safety. Correctional rape had started to rear its ugly face 😠 It didn’t ruin my career and I was in fact one of the lucky ones to have remained safe!,” Sade shared.
Happy #NationalComingOutDay 🌈 To all my brothers and sisters out there who have had the courage to come out, hello and hi 👋🏽 I salute you, as I know how hard and terrifying it can be. I suppose most people knew I was a lesbian before I needed to say anything 🤐😬 I came out to my father when I was 19. Or more so, he was told by others and said he needed to ask me a question and I just answered “yes” before he could even ask because I knew what the question was going to be. I remember he was so shocked and angry, even though I had had my 1st GF by this time, whom had been in our house many a time looking gay AF 😂 He knew, he just didn’t want it to be true. The guy used to tape Bad Girls for me and help me put up my massive Angelina Jolie posters – he knew! 🙃🙄 Publicly, well, a certain reporter who at the time worked for a certain magazine, beat me to my own public coming out party. I took it in its stride, well kinda. Actually, no I didn’t. I was well pissed. That was my party not hers. It was my choice to stand on a soapbox and tell the public, not hers. I was about to start SYTYCD and for a moment I did fear losing my job before it had even started, because back then, there weren’t many out lesbians on S.A TV. Hold up! How many are there now? 🤔 Anyways. There was a possibility that this could have ‘ruined my career’. My father feared the same thing, more so he feared for my safety. Correctional rape had started to rear its ugly face 😠 It didn’t ruin my career and I was in fact one of the lucky ones to have remained safe! Everyday I’m thankful for this 🙏🏽 A lot of LGBT people around the world aren’t as lucky as I am. So to those who refuse to hide in the shadows, you’re the bravest people out there! 👭👬 For those who are too fearful to come out, of course you are, the world is filled with people who refuse to understand. But, I will say this, find the courage one day within yourself so you can be true to you. There is nothing more freeing! You are not alone, always remember that. As the LGBT community around the world continues to grow (publicly), so shall we continue to work at making it easier for people to come out on the daily! #betruebeyou #lovewins