Star Jones was a controversial host on The View, not the least of which for the way she shilled her wedding, including “plugs” for her vendors. Al Reynolds, whom the lawyer-turned-personality wed in 2004, got swept up in the publicity and his sexual orientation was often tabloid fodder.
Now Reynolds, who divorced Jones in 2008, has opened out about being bisexual.
“With anger and disdain, people have been calling me out as gay, closeted, a sham and even nastier—much nastier,” the investment banker told RadarOnline.com. “Today, I accept myself as a bisexual man. I have learned that sexual orientation is not binary, at least for me. I am capable of loving both sexes, and I have done both.”
Coming out—to himself and to others—was a tough journey for Reynolds, the youngest of six from a Southern Baptist family in Horsepasture, Virginia.
“We were deeply religious; when we weren’t in church we were in school or an after-school activity,” he says. People who were intimate with others of their own gender were the worst of all with no chance of redemption or the glorious afterlife that I was taught awaited us all.”
Reynolds also said that, as a black man, “that message and the hate and homophobia were multiplied to the nth degree.”
“I tell this story to both encourage my personal path,” he concluded, “as well as give some small measure of hope to others that no matter your beginnings, no matter the obstacles, there is nothing so fulfilling and Godlike as living the life that was destined.”
Jones revealed she and her boyfriend, attorney Ricardo Lugo, recently became engaged.