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28th Apr 2024

Sophia Bush comes out as queer

Luke Davies

Sophia Bush made her debut red carpet appearance accompanied by girlfriend Ashlyn Harris. 

Last night the pair were photographed at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C.

The 41-year-old recently, who came out as ‘queer’ recently, looked delighted to be at the event. 

On the same day, the couple attended the White House Correspondent’s Garden Brunch alongside high-profile names such as Fran Drescher and Vanderpump Rules stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright.

The couple were also pictured alongside Kasie Hunt, Megan Murphy, Hilary Rosen and Joanna Coles at the annual event.

White House Press Secretary Karine-Jean Pierre was also present, who is the first openly queer person to occupy the position. 

Earlier that week, Sophie penned an essay in Glamour magazine in which she came out as queer. She also confirmed her Friendship with Ashlyn was a relationship to the delight of many fans. She explained how the announcement has made her feel ‘free’ after 41 years.

“We’ve all learned about kids who have taken their own life after being outed or who have been killed simply for being who they are in a place or time that is threatened by their expressed joy. I am so lucky to be here, now. I have real joy. It took me 41 years to get here. And while I marvel at it, I will also make space for people’s pain. But I will not carry anyone’s projected shame. When I take stock of the last few years, I can tell you that I have never operated out of more integrity in my life. I hope that’s clear enough for everyone speculating out there, while being as gentle as I possibly can be.

“I finally feel like I can breathe. I don’t think I can explain how profound that is. I feel like I was wearing a weighted vest for who knows how long. I hadn’t realised how heavy it was until I finally just put it down.

“This might sound crazy—but I think other people in trauma recovery will get it—I am taking deep breaths again. I can feel my legs and feet. I can feel my feet in my shoes right now. It makes me want to cry and laugh at the same time.

“It is so, so scary to do the brave thing, to say, “I’m just not happy.” Especially if you’re in a partnership and you have to say it first. But if you do it, you get the chance to be happy. To find your joy. I turned 41 last summer, amid all of this, and I heard the words I was saying to my best friend as they came out of my mouth. “I feel like this is my first birthday,” I told her. This year was my very first birthday.”

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