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12/02/2016 01:45 pm ET Updated Mar 24, 2017

Mandy Moore Opens Up About Growing Up With A Gay Mom And Brothers

The star finds strength in her unconventional family.

Mandy Moore plays a mother of triplets on the NBC comedy-drama series, “This Is Us,” but her own family was anything but traditional. 

“I’ve never really talked about this, but my parents are divorced,” the 32-year-old singer-actress told beauty site Byrdie. “My mother left my father for a woman. And both of my two brothers are gay.” Still, she added, “My parents loved each other; they did an incredible job raising all of us.” 

Moore, who tied the knot with singer-songwriter Ryan Adams in 2009, explained that her desire to create her “own kind of normalcy” may have prompted her decision to marry young. Unfortunately, she said, “I learned that that wasn’t going to be the fruitful experience I wanted it to be.” She and Adams, 42, split in 2015.

These days, she said, all of her family members are “exactly where they should be,” noting, “Everyone’s so much happier, richer, and more fulfilled, being their authentic selves.”

While this may be the first time the “A Walk to Remember” and “Saved!” star has revealed her personal attachment to LGBTQ causes, she’s been an outspoken supporter of marriage equality for years. In a 2009 interview with music website ANDPOP, she blasted Proposition 8, California’s 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, as “disheartening,” noting that she was “surprised and shocked” when the amendment passed that November.  

At the time of the Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling on marriage equality, Moore expressed her support once again with a heartfelt Instagram post. 

#Lovewon

A photo posted by Mandy Moore (@mandymooremm) on

Kudos to you, Mandy! Having you as an LGBTQ ally is as sweet as candy.  

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