Empire‘s Jamal Lyon, played by actor Jussie Smollett, is one of many gay characters on television these days, and his sexuality is a main storyline on the hot Fox drama. Offscreen, there’s also been plenty of chatter about Smollett’s sexuality, which he refuses to address in interviews.

But, his co-star Malik Yoba may have broached that very topic when a Q&A he did with BlackFilm.com last month gained traction online Tuesday. In the interview, Yoba seemed to out Smollett as gay.

When asked about the success of the series and its impact, Yoba mentioned that the drama’s handling of a gay relationship and the subsequent tension about Jamal’s sexuality within his fictional family are important themes for audiences to see.

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