JAMEELA Jamil has come out as queer after facing backlash for taking on a judging role on new TV show Legendary.
The Good Place star, 33, who is currently dating musician James Blake, revealed she was forced to come out after keeping her sexuality a secret for years.
Taking to Twitter, Jameela shared a lengthy note after sparking backlash over her decision to take part in the HBO show about voguing.
The note read: "This is why I never officially came out as queer. I added a rainbow to my name when I felt ready a few years ago, as it's not easy withing the south Asian community to be accepted, and I always answered honestly if ever straight up asked about it on Twitter.
"But I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid.
"I didn't come from a family with *anyone* openly out."
She continued: "It's also scary as an actor to openly admit your sexuality, especially when you're already a brown female in your thirties. This is absolutely not how I wanted to come out."
Jameela explained she was taking a break from social media, adding: "You can keep your thoughts."
The star later shared another post to defend her role on the dance show.
She said: "I know that being queer doesn't qualify me as ballroom. But I have privilege and power and a large following to bring this show (as does the absolutely iconic Megan Thee Stallion) and it's beautiful contestants and ballroom hosts.
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"Sometimes it takes those with more power to help a show get off the ground so we can elevate marginalised stars that deserve the limelight and give them a chance.
"I'm just a lead judge to my 11 years of hosting experience, being fully impartial, a newcomer to ballroom (like much of the audience will be) and therefore a window in for people who are just discovering it now, and being a long time ally of the lgbtq community."
The star is well-known for her honest Twitter posts.
Last year, she revealed that she attempted suicide six years ago in a heartbreaking confession on World Mental Health Day.
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