December 2, 2009

'Family Ties' mom: 'Yes, I'm a lesbian'

Posted: 02:30 PM ET

(CNN) - "Family Ties" actress Meredith Baxter made the media rounds Wednesday confirming the rumors that she is a lesbian.

"It was a later in life recognition," the actress explained to Matt Lauer on the "Today" show Wednesday.

The National Enquirer recently ran a story about Baxter being spotted on a lesbian cruise through the Caribbean with a "female friend," which was then picked up by celebrity blogs. As a result, the 62-year-old decided to tell her fans herself.

"I didn't want some tabloid to take the story and make it up," Baxter said in the interview. "I wanted it to be in my own words."

Baxter was also interviewed on Sirius XM Radio's "The Frank DeCaro Show."

Coming out was a difficult thing for the quiet actress to do. She told Lauer on "Today" that she's always "lived a very private life. To come out and disclose stuff is very antithetical" to who she is.


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JudyG   December 2nd, 2009 11:43 pm ET

I am happy for Meredith but truthfully I never even thought about whether she was or not. Its her life and I am glad she hasn't been that open about it. I don't care what you do in your bedroom. Being gay shouldn't define you, being a good person should.

Valerie Lacasse   December 3rd, 2009 4:53 am ET

Re Tiger this is a human being, Allow the couple to deal with the issue privately he maybe a public figure here is country with major problems getting involved with this mans business please. Stop the media is no help. I wish him the Best and I pray hthey have the strenght to get through this in spite of the gossip. He is not the first to get caught such hog wash.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   December 3rd, 2009 9:43 am ET

Shocked to hear that.
I love her acting since Family series.
Suppose she wants a change of flavor.

dawnmarie   December 4th, 2009 8:37 am ET

who cares

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