Keke Palmer Opens Up About Embracing Her Sexuality by 'Accepting and Loving All Parts' of Herself

Earlier this year, the 29-year-old actress and boyfriend Darius Jackson welcomed their first child, a son named Leodis.

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Keke Palmer is getting candid about being a free spirit when it comes to her sexuality.

Palmer, who in February gave birth to her and boyfriend Darius Jackson's first child, discussed the topic during a recent appearance on Raven-Symoné and her wife Miranda Maday's podcast.

“There was a moment in my life where I was just like, you know, can I be myself?” Palmer shared in regards to not labeling her sexuality. “You just get to the point where you’re just like, 'Well, I just want to have my own life be my own life."

As a teenager, Keke admitted to repressing her sexuality due to the fear of being "outcasted" should she speak openly about the subject.

“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."

Palmer continued by praising her parents with being open supportive of her sexual preferences, which Keke credits for her being a free spirit.

“I ultimately just feel like, the acceptance of that part of myself, in general, was a part of my process of being able to have love in my life." “Sexuality and stuff like that, that was not even — my parents never even cared about something like that or talked about that. And I know that by the time they saw how free of a spirit I was, and whoever I wanted to date, they were like, 'Whoever cares.' It was never anything that was in their mind.”

Watch Keke and Raven explore the topic of sexuality in the clip above, and check out Complex's full timeline of Palmer and Jackson's relationship below.

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