Whoopi Goldberg sets the record straight about her sexual orientation

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg reveals the truth about her SEXUALITY after her former co-host Raven-Symoné admitted the 67-year-old ‘gives her lesbian vibes’

  • Whoopi, 67, confirmed her sexuality during an episode of The Best Podcast Ever
  • Raven-Symone, who sat on The View panel from 2012 until 2016, claimed that Whoopi gives her ‘stud vibes’
  • READ MORE: Whoopi Goldberg admits she wishes she had NEVER got married as she laments three ‘boring and expensive’ divorces 

Whoopi Goldberg has opened up about her sexuality in a candid new interview, after a former co-host told her that she gave off ‘lesbian vibes’. 

Whoopi, 67, was keen to address the rumors about her sexuality when she spoke to Raven-Symoné and her wife Miranda on the latest episode of The Best Podcast Ever.

The Sister Act star confirmed once and for all that she is ‘not a lesbian’, but said she has a lot of friends who are and has also been more than happy to portray lesbians onscreen.

Whoopi was forced to clear up the speculation about her sexual orientation when Raven admitted that she’d had her suspicions when she worked alongside her on ABC daytime program, The View, from 2012 until 2016.

‘I want to just dig into your business a little bit, this is a safe space,’ Raven, 37, told Whoopi as they filmed the podcast via video.

Her truth: Whoopi Goldberg has opened up about her sexuality in a candid new interview

Honest chat: The 67-year-old spoke to Raven-Symoné and her wife Miranda on the latest episode of The Best Podcast Ever

On set: Raven worked with Whoopi when she sat on The View panel between 2012 and 2016

‘Honestly, when I was around you, I loved you so much like I just wanted to be up underneath the t***y the whole time! But that’s also because you just kind of gave me lesbian vibes!’

The three women laughed at the comment before Raven added: ‘But, like, sometimes Whoops, you give me lesbian vibes, you give me stud vibes…’

Miranda then chimed in and said: ‘I think this is a secret fantasy of Raven’s! I think she just wants everybody to be gay and she’s just really hoping you’ll come out right here right now.’

‘It is!’ Raven admitted, and then said: ‘So if you want to tell us anything, Whoops, you’re more than welcome to!’

Whoopi didn’t seem phased at all by the line of questioning and responded: ‘Women have been asking me this for as long as I’ve been around, I am not a lesbian. But I know lots of them, and I’ve played them on television.’

The mother-of-one continued: ‘But I have always had lesbian friends because they’re just my friends,’ before recalling a conversation she had with one of her pals.

‘I’m not gonna kiss you, but I’ll kiss you over here, I’ll do this but I’m not going to do this… And they’re like, “OK!”‘ she explained.

Back in the day: Whoopi was married to cinematographer David Claessen from 1986 until 1988

The Ex-files: Whoopi with her third husband, Lyle Trachtenberg, whom she split from in 1995

Former couple: Whoopi and her ex-boyfriend Ted Danson pictured together in December 1992

‘Which makes me happy because I can also say, to all those people who judge the lesbian community or the gay community, there is something beautiful about a woman being able to embrace their masculine and feminine at the same time and wear it so well, like you do,’ Raven responded. 

‘It’s fantastic, you’re not either one or the other, you’re just a human living in your body and doesn’t really correlate to sexual orientation or any of that. It’s just the way you present and it’s so warming. You live in this duality so well, and I just want to applaud you for that,’ she added.

Former child star Raven has previously said that she knew she was gay since the age of 12, but didn’t come out until she was at college.

Raven, who played Olivia on The Cosby Show, said in a 2016 interview: ‘I knew I couldn’t say it out loud because, “Oh my god, little Olivia is gay, this is crazy”.’

Even though other TV stars had come out at that time, Raven said she felt like it was never a good situation for her to do so.

‘It was always negative. So, if you don’t see other people going through it in a positive way, why would you say anything? There was nothing that would have made me want to deal with my own issue at that time.’

Once she did come out, Raven said she ‘felt lighter’ and like she could be herself.

‘I realize that just living my truth of what I am, there’s one less person to fight me in my own head,’ she explained.

Raven was in a relationship with model and actress AzMarie Livingston from 2012 until 2015. In June 2020, she married social media manager Miranda Maday. 

Meanwhile, Whoopi is currently not married and earlier this month she admitted that she wishes she’d never walked down the aisle, despite getting hitched three times.

Speaking on The View on August 1, the Academy Award-winning actress admitted she was ‘dancing and prancing’ every single time her marriages came to an end.

Speaking out: Whoopi opened up about her three divorces during a recent episode of The View

Happy couple: Former child star Raven has been married to Miranda Maday since June 2020

Whoopi has been divorced a total of three times, with her final marriage to union organizer Lyle Trachtenberg ending in 1995.

The Ghost star admitted that by the time her third marriage was over, she felt it was ‘getting expensive and boring’, and hinted that was one of the reasons why she had never said ‘I do’ again – despite having high-profile romances with actors Timothy Dalton and Ted Danson.

Whoopi’s first marriage was to a drug counselor named Alvin Martin from 1973 until 1979.

After her film career kicked off, she married cinematographer David Claessen in 1986 but it wasn’t meant to be as they were divorced by 1988.

Whoopi married her third and final husband, Lyle Trachtenberg, in 1994 but they split the following year.

Following her third divorce, she had live-in relationships with actor Frank Langella and playwright David Schein.

Her other ex-boyfriends include businessman Michael Visbal, orthodontist Jeffrey Cohen, and camera operator Edward Gold.

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