"Honestly, when I was around you, I loved you so much, like I just wanted to be up underneath the t***y the whole time," Symoné told Goldberg during her appearance on The Best Podcast Ever with Raven and Miranda. "But that's also because you just kind of gave me lesbian vibes!' You give me lesbian vibes, you give me stud vibes."
Raven's wife, Miranda Maday suggested that it was a "secret fantasy" of her wife to want "everybody to be gay." She added, "She's just really hoping you'll come out right here, right now." Symoné didn't deny the idea and told Goldberg she was "more than welcome" to tell them anything about her sexuality.
"Women have been asking me this for as long as I've been around. I am not a lesbian," said Goldberg, who has been married three times to three different men, Alvin Martin from 1973 to 1979, David Claessen from 1986 to 1988, and Lyle Trachtenberg from 1994 to 1995. "But I know lots of them, and I've played them on television." She also previously dated Timothy Dalton and Ted Danson. "Women have been asking me this for as long as I've been around," Goldberg added. "I am not a lesbian. But I know lots of them, and I've played them on television. But I have always had lesbian friends because they're just my friends."
Goldberg explained that she's had to set boundaries with some of her queer friends in the past, too. "'I'm not gonna kiss you, but I'll kiss you over here, I'll do this but I'm not going to do this... And they're like, ‘OK!’” she said.
While Goldberg isn't a lesbian, she has long been an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. In 20210 she and Cyndi Lauper launched a campaign to bring awareness to some of the discrimination the community faces. "There is something beautiful about a woman being able to embrace their masculine and feminine at the same time and wear it so well, like you do," Symoné told Goldberg, who she presents herself in a way that's not stereotypically straight or gay. "It's just the way you present and it's so warming… You live in this duality so well, and I just want to applaud you for that."
This isn't the first time Raven-Symoné has gotten a guest to open up about their sexuality on the podcast. In an episode last month, Keke Palmer said that she doesn't put a label on her sexuality but felt the need to repress it when she was a teenager due to fear of being "outcasted."
"There is like an unsaid thing that can make you feel—and because I liked guys, too, I was kinda like, 'Well, we don't have to talk about it,'" she explained. "Because I like guys, too, it was like that's another extra thing that no one really has to know about. I don't really have to live out.
Listen to the Best Podcast Ever with Raven and Miranda episode with Whoopi Goldberg here.