Rosario Dawson has confirmed that she is bisexual after hinting at her orientation in 2018 — but she admits she has never had ‘ a relationship in that space.’
The 40-year-old actress, who has been dating former presidential candidate Cory Booker since late 2018, opened up about her sexuality in an interview with Bustle, explaining that many people thought she had come out when she shared an Instagram post celebrating Pride Month nearly two years ago.
‘People kept saying that I [came out]… I didn’t do that. I mean, it’s not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now,’ she said
However, despite seeming to confirm that she is a bisexual, Rosario made clear that she has never had an LGBTQ relationship, saying: ‘I’ve never had a relationship in that space, so it’s never felt like an authentic calling to me.’
In June 2018, Rosario reposted a video of rapper Chika singing her Pride anthem ‘Proud,’ which is set to the tune of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You.
‘Happy pride month! Sending love to my fellow lgbtq+ homies. Keep being strong in the face of adversity. Loud & proud. Here’s a lil throwbyke to last year,’ she wrote.
Her use of ‘fellow’ led many to believe it was a coming out post, but she has never confirmed or denied the speculation until now.
Rosario went public with her romance with Cory, 50, in March 2019, about five months after she met the New Jersey senator at a friend’s party in October 2018.
Right before they became a couple, she filmed the pilot for her new USA show Briarpatch in which her character has an illicit affair with her boss who is a senator.
‘It was after [we started dating] that I was like, “Oh, that’s gonna maybe be weird,”‘ she admitted, recalling how Cory’s chief of staff recently asked her what to expect from the show.
‘I was like, “Well, he’s a senator, but we are having an illicit affair. And yeah, he does have aspirations for the presidency and he also speaks Spanish. But besides all of that, there are no similarities!”‘
The activist, who has dated Joshua Jackson, Danny Boyle, Eli Roth, and Colin Farrell, told Bustle that she feels like she has finally found her match.
It’s the first time I felt like I had to be responsible about my choice of love, which is a challenging thing to do. If you fall in love, you fall in love. But there’s another aspect I had to consider: what this meant in [putting] a microscope on my family and particularly on my daughter,’ said Rosario, who adopted her daughter Isabella, 17, in 2014. ‘But in each other I think we found our person.’
Rosario spoke with Bustle less than a month after Cory dropped out of the presidential race, and writer Kristen Yoonsoo Kim described her as seeming ‘equal parts bummed and relieved.’
Though the politician wasn’t present during Rosario’s interview, he had spent the whole day with her before he headed off to pick up food for her and her team.
As for who Rosario is endorsing for president now that her boyfriend is no longer in the running, the actress — who supported Bernie Sanders in 2016 — said she’d back whoever becomes the Democratic nominee.
Rosario and Cory are now planning a much-needed vacation, though she admitted she used to think self-care was ‘bougie.’
‘I’ve burnt out before and burning out is not pretty. And it ends up degrading everything else you’re passionate about,’ she said. ‘You can’t shoulder all of that burden all the time.’
The Zombieland: Double Tap star gushed about her love for Cory in a profile for the Washington Post in October, right around their one-year anniversary.
‘I’m in love! I am absolutely in love, and it is so exciting,’ she said. ‘For my whole life, I’ve always felt like, even when I got into a relationship, I was trying to be the center of the storm and everything was just this maelstrom out there.