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Melissa Gilbert's Sisterly Bond Meant She Always 'Kinda Knew' Sara Was Gay

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Jun 01, 2019
12:18 P.M.
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Hollywood’s Melissa Gilbert sat with the ladies of “The Talk” as she reveals casually that she always knew her younger sister, Sara Gilbert was gay.


While on the “The Talk” the “Little House on the Prairie” actress was speaking on her divorce, love, and marriage when TV host, Sharon Osbourne bluntly asked her when she found out Sara was “into girls.”


Gilbert went down memory lane as she told the ladies on the show that she always had an inkling on her sister’s sexuality.

The "Diary of Anne Frank” star explained that once when Sara was still a teenager, she took her out on a kind of sisters-night-out, and broached the sexuality topic, but Melissa sensed then that Sara wasn’t ready to accept so, she backed down.

Melissa said:

“You know what, I’ll put it to you this way, I took her to dinner when she was in her teens, and I sat her down, and I gave her this long speech about how much I love you, and it doesn’t matter, and you’re my darling, and blah, blah, blah and you can tell me anything. And she looked, at me and she said, ‘I’m not gay.’ And I was like, ‘OK, whatever.'”


Sara, who was sitting at the table all the while couldn’t hide her discomfort towards being discussed as she squirmed in her chair.

Melissa continued as she mentioned that it was years later before the “Roseanne” actress came to terms with being gay. Melissa recounted:

“Years later she called me, and we were having a conversation about something, and she said, ‘You know, what if I just said that I’m gay,’ and I went, ‘And?’ I mean I think always I kinda knew.” 

Sara Gilbert herself once disclosed on the same platform but at a different time how she was able to come to terms with her sexuality.


The Hollywood Star explained that her ex and “Roseanne” co-star, Johnny Galecki helped her through the difficult times of realizations and fear. Sara Gilbert recounted:

“So, some of you may know that when I was a teenager, I dated Johnny Galecki for a little while, who played my boyfriend and husband on Roseanne, and I thought he was super cute and had a total crush on him, and we started dating, and he would come over, and we would make out, and then I would start to get depressed.” 

She continued as she mentioned that they started having issues in the relationship, and she told him about her then confused feelings. Galecki was the complete gentleman as he helped Sara through it all. The TV host added that although she still lives in fear about being gay, she is happy to be her true self.