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Billy Dee Williams Receives Tremendous Support As He Comes Out As Gender Fluid

Billy Dee Williams has come out as gender fluid - and received great support right away on Twitter.
April 6, 2020 - 16:30 / Clemens Fanger

Billy Dee Williams, star of the Star Wars movies, has come out as gender fluid. In an interview with Esquire, the actor talked openly about their identity - and received amazing support on social media right away.

Billy Dee Williams is currently promoting The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth installment of the Star Wars saga, and gave an interview to Esquire. In said interview the actor best known for their portrayal of the sneaky and smart "Lando Calrissian", opened up about their identity.

"I never tried to be anything except myself," he said.  "I think of myself as a relatively colourful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously… And you see I say 'himself' and 'herself', because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine."

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Billy Dee Williams: "I'm not afraid to show that side of myself"

The actor added: "I'm a very soft person. I'm not afraid to show that side of myself." Williams was last seen as "Lando" in 1983's Return of the Jedi, which marked episode 6 of the famous space saga.

Many people are speculating that the return of his character could also be the last appearance of "Lando" in the franchise. Williams commented on that as well:

Billy Dee Williams as "Lando" in The Empire Strikes Back.
Billy Dee Williams as "Lando" in The Empire Strikes Back.

"It's a conclusion—certainly it depends on how much money is generated. That's when they determine where's the conclusion," Williams added with a wink. "The one thing about show business, you can resurrect anything."

After coming out in the interview, Williams received loads of support via social media, especially on Twitter.