Anderson Cooper isn't the only celebrity to recently come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Declared King on her blog: "I AM A LESBIAN ... the answer to my most asked INDIRECT question. I welcome the "WHO CARES" right now LOL."
Best known for her hit "Shy Guy" and her well-received cover of Dionne Warwick's "I Say A Little Prayer," which was featured on the soundtrack to the 1997 Julia Roberts film "My Best Friend's Wedding," King notes:
"I answer now, not because it's anyone's business BUT because IT FEELS RIGHT WITH my SOUL and I believe by not answering or hiding it all these years somehow makes it appear as if I AM ASHAMED OF IT or THAT I BELIEVE IT IS WRONG. I FEEL NEITHER OF THOSE THINGS … or I would have grown my hair."
Adding that she just wants to "keep it real," King continues:
You can read King's full blog posting on her Facebook page here.
"HONESTLY SPEAKING, I have always been AFRAID to admit it openly, because of the UNKNOWN of what it may cause negatively, to me my career my family and loved ones. But I realized that it is not my job to make others COMFORTABLE, I AM ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR MY LIFE, the stuff U think about on your deathbed and at this point in my life I DO NOT CARE about the things that FRIGHTEN me anymore.
My biggest regret is that I didn't COME OUT earlier because being silent has held me back from being ALL that I was born to be. The DEEP FEAR that I've had, especially that my own JAMAICAN PEOPLE will judge me and not accept me because of their homophobia has been a heavy burden. I fly my country's flag HIGH."
King's revelation came just before Cooper's and R&B singer Frank Ocean, who said he felt like a "free man" after coming out in a blog on July 4, but had gone relatively unreported until this week.
Check out other celebrities who've identified as LGBT below:
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