Billy Dee Williams made headlines this week when he seemingly came out as gender fluid after he revealed in an interview with Esquire that he uses both 'himself' and 'herself' pronouns.
Now, the Star Wars actor, 82, is saying that his statements were misinterpreted and clarifying that he identifies as a straight man in a new interview with The Undefeated on Thursday.
Williams revealed that until his story went viral, he hadn't ever heard the term gender fluid and didn't know what it meant.
Clarification: Billie Dee Williams said that he was misinterpreted in recent stories about him being gender fluid and revealed that he identifies as a straight man in a new interview with The Undefeated on Thursday
'Well, first of all, I asked last night. I said, "What the hell is gender fluid?" That's a whole new term,' the Lando Calrissian actor said.
The story that the octogenarian was gender fluid stemmed from this statement to Esquire: 'You see I say "himself" and "herself," because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I'm a very soft person. I'm not afraid to show that side of myself.'
In truth, Billy told The Undefeated, he was referring to men getting in touch with their 'softer side' and confirmed that he identifies as a straight man.
He said: '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.
'Well, first of all, I asked last night. I said, "What the hell is gender fluid?" That's a whole new term,' the Lando Calrissian actor explained
'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.'