Last week, “Star Wars” alum Billy Dee Williams made headlines all over the world when he came out as gender fluid — or at least that’s what everybody thought.
While speaking with Esquire, the star spoke about sexual identity.
“I never tried to be anything except myself,” Williams said. “I think of myself as a relatively colourful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously… And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine.”
Best known for his portrayal as Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” franchise, Williams added, “I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”
However, Williams is now claiming his remarks were misinterpreted. In a subsequent interview with The Undefeated, the 82-year-old actor says he was merely speaking about getting in touch with one’s feminine side, not declaring himself to be gender fluid.
“Well, first of all, I asked last night. I said, ‘What the hell is gender fluid?’ That’s a whole new term,” Williams said. “But what I was talking about was about men getting in touch with their softer side of themselves. There’s a phrase that was coined by Carl G. Jung, who was a psychiatrist, who was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, and they had a splitting of the ways because they had different ideas about the… what do you call it? Consciousness. Unconscious. It’s collective unconsciousness. But he coined a phrase that’s, ‘Anima animus.’ And anima means that is the female counterpart of the male self, and the animus is the male counterpart of the female. So that’s what I was referring to.”
Hex added: “I was talking about men getting in touch with the female side of themselves. I wasn’t talking about sex, I wasn’t talking about being gay or straight. People should read [Jung]. I mean, it would be an interesting education for a lot of people.”
Before Williams’ clarification, fans took to Twitter to show their support after it was widely reported he had come out as gender fluid.
“The Rise of Skywalker” hits theatres on Dec. 20.