Former “Playboy Club” star Amber Heard says in the December issue of Women’s Health that she never thought of attempting to hide her true self from the public, including potential employers in the entertainment industry.
“You can’t respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are,” says the “Rum Diary” actress, 25. “It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing. But the risk was outweighed by the possibility of playing into this horribly detrimental lie that some in Hollywood perpetuate.”
Heard, who stepped out with girlfriend Tasya van Ree at a recent GLAAD event, spoke to AfterEllen.com about her decision: "I think when I became aware of my role in the media, I had to ask myself an important question; 'Am I part of the problem?'"
"I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you're inadvertently admitting it's wrong,” the actress added. “I don't feel like I'm wrong."
In February, Heard spoke about her sexuality to U.K. paper the Metro, saying, "I don't label myself one way or another – I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love; it's the person that matters."
Bold putting it out there and saying take it or leave it. while good for her on a personal level as a career move the result is unknown
Man. could I TEBOW her!!!!!
This world, as we have known it for centuries, is clearly on its last leg. Dysfunction and perversion at its core, right here.
I suppose the devil has to continue to exist in this world, so this is how it happens. On Judgement Day, these people will never make it through the pearly gates.
If she is gay then I wasted a few loads for nothing.
Angelina is not gay, she is nutz.
Just because the woman had a vial of blood necklace, it doesn't mean she's nutz. Ok, maybe it does.
At least she's a damn fine-looking lesbian. Rosie O'Donnell and Ellen Degenerate are mutts!
Funny, when it's a gay guy, or the woman is unattractive, the comments couldn't be ruder. Men are so insecure. Of course, there are some piggish woman out there when it comes to the unattractive women.
"It's always better when lesbians go lipstick rather than lumberjack."
- Charlie Sheen
jeez another dumb blonde making stupid statements. Being out in Hollywood being called brave is like calling OWS hippies heros.
With all do respect to the lovely and talented Ms. Heard there's nothing particularly brave about being openly gay in 2011, especially not in Hollywood. Same with being an atheist.
What? Lesbians in Hollywood? Holy Breaking News Batman... Call TMZ... Call ET... bla bla bla. Will it be in vogue in 2012?
Angelina (Angie) also made out with her brother... she's not much to use as a guide or example really.
At least she isn't in a fauxmance like the rest of the Hollywood gays.
She's so brave that she had to remind us 10 months later that in February she outed herself. Outing yourself these days is like actresses that have seen their best days behind them pose for Playboy. It's for the publicity. Now, you can live as you want and people can talk about you or not. So what! But if you announce you are out, then it's just self promotion. The only question: Is she Rosie gay or Anne Heche gay? Permanent or temporary.
Can spmeone please make a love story starring Angelina Jolie and Amber Heard? I would give my right arm for that one! 2 of the hottest women on the planet!
U go girl! I feel the same way love has no color, race, n luv who ever u want! I luv men n women!!! Who cares what the world thinks! Girl live ur life with a open heart!!! Many blessings.
Women are salivating over the news.
We're really not.
Dont u ever have anything nice to say about anyone? Regarless of a celeb in the article or a blogger? It doesn't matter what name u go under, one can always tell who u are. Enough with the hate lady.
It does take courage to come out, to be who you are, and not hide behind a false name...MadCityBabe.
Yawn.... Hmm.... Trying to think of a snappy comment... Guess I just don't care.....
Oh come on!! If one is a llesbian, they are gay....she said herself she has had relationships with men too....so which is it? Most gay people who are so proud...say it out loud and live it. Sorry, but, I think this one is a trendy lesbian. I bet we see her with a man soon.
Ya had me at first, Ellen you ain't...more Ellen's ex...the other fake trendy lesbian.
lmao at the comment about "gay for attention". You definitely have Hollywood "lesbians" figured out. She's as gay as Angelina Jolie. Oh yea, remember that? Like 15 yrs ago when she supposedly dated a girl? Yeah, didn't think so.
I just told my wife and a coworker they said, "Who?"
so...what if firemen and policemen came "out"...then they are uber Brave!
Is it just me or is Hollywood wacked to say its brave...they shove gays in every show i love then call it brave to come out in real life? i dont mind gays but for real who cares anymore? its so part of everyday life that to me even in a small town in the south east part of the U.S. im not shocked or dismayed really dont give a snit anymore whos gay or not anymore than thay care if im straight married and poor as snit.
Amber just made a "Lickety-Split" decision that left some people flaccid, I see no reason to treat her stiffly or hard, I think she has the situation well in hand .
Congrats, Amber – here's your medal!
To Derp...............let's say for second you had a job.......................and that job entailed putting your life at risk everyday for smucks like you .....I would say that policemen are brave sweetheart........now go back to your X box, hand lotion and kleenex!
@MadCity- uhhh there's different ways to be "brave" and not just by putting your life on the line. As a FEMALE firefighter myself I can say good for her. Anything that puts you in the line of fire, physically or metaphorically should be commended. I'm sorry but whether its the 1950s or 2011 you still run the risk of danger by coming out.
Real bravery is admitting who you are despite others trying to keep it closeted.
Bravery has several definitions but close-mindedness does not.
Hate to break it to you, but you take a risk every day you step out of the door, regardless of your profession. And a good chunk of the pigs out there are just doughnut munching speed trap operators that do nothing that actually makes a difference. I'll be fair though, there are good cops out there. It's just that 99.999999999% of them give the rest a bad name.
Hey what's wrong with Xbox, lotion and kleenex. I'm a gamer with dry hands and a runny nose. LOL.....funny how far off base these comments end up getting.
I am sure none of this is pretend gayness for attention. I am sure her next relationship won't be with a man.
Oh Amber, you are sooo brave to walk out in Hollywood with your perfect body and face... I am just not sure how you do it.. Your AMAZING!!!!
** Eye Roll** Get you head out of your a$$
I'm lactose intolerant.
how brave of you to come out
I think I speak for most men when I say.....Can I Watch?
Seriously though, Ms. Heard....coming out to a bunch of like minded Hollywood Types is not exactly "bravery".
My dear.......firefighters are brave....policemen are brave.....soldiers are brave.............you simply came out!
It's bravery due to the potential of not working in Hollywood for being openly gay, moron!
.policemen are brave..
Yeah, the donut munchers are really the heroes around here.
To Tim – what I'm stating is that to use the word "brave" simply because you came out and are worried about the next paycheck is ridiculous! You're not brave, you're simply being honest with who you are.
I couldn't agree more although I don't care for policemen or firemen but bravery for coming out it isn't!
Marie, who the eff doesn't care for firemen? You sound obnoxious.
UUummm, it's not brave when you are not a real deal gay person. Sorry, but, this one is not gay woman. I bet she has a man on the side. 'I love who I love' yeah......and it just so happens to be a woman right now. Not brave, just confused clearly.
It really would be brave if you were a policeman or a fireman and you came out.
Firefighters and policeman are not brave and their not heroes. They are employees getting paid. I'm so tired of people saying that.
Amber u are so brave amazing talent and u should be horse playing at Penn St
While I have no disagreements with Ms. Heard or her lifestyle....
It would have been BRAVE if this were the 1970s or 80s and you come out as a gay public figure. Today, it's barely news enough to qualify for an internet blog. So again, while I otherwise basically agree with her sentiments, this is not enough to qualify bravery for me.
That is one smokin' fish muncher. I'd be happy just watching and rubbin' one out.
with snappy dialogue like that I bet you've got them lined up
Yeah, lesbian women generally fall for straight men with a good rap.
And dogs fly
I bet it doesn't take much in your case
Thanks for the laugh; your comment was hilarious!!!
Took the words right out of my mouth.
Half of Hollywood is gay. Bravery?
Seriously. In 1950 it took bravery, in 2011 nobody cares. Now if she came out as a conservative Republican, THAT would be courageous.
Half of hollywood is gay but most are still in the closet. I think it is brave for these people to come out.
Id bet coming out in Georgia or Alabama is way tougher
Does she have room in there for a Big Ben?
Oh Ben, you know you don't take "no" for an answer anyway...
Big Ben, you're a rapist and a wife beater, but this was pretty funny.
Good for her, it takes a lot of courage to come out in any profession or stage of your life
Great for her
Never heard of this goofy broad
Does she like dogs?
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