Queen Latifah: I wasn't coming out at gay festival
The rapper/actress tells Entertainment Weekly, "That definitely wasn't the case...I've never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It's just not gonna happen."
Speculation spread after Latifah -- real name Dana Owens -- signed on for the May 19 event. And the rumors got louder after she said she was proud to be among "my people" during her performance. But the 42-year old says people shouldn't read too much into any of this.
"To me, doing a gay pride show is one of the most fun things," she explains. "My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year's Eve in San Francisco...we had a blast in there."
Latifah, who will be in a upcoming remake of "Steel Magnolias" on Lifetime, had words of encouragement for her gay fans.
"I know that the most important thing and the only thing I have to give is love. When people are going through hatred and bullying, the biggest thing to fight that is love," she says. "So that's all I encouraged my audience to do that night: to share their light and share their love."