Actor Billy Dee Williams recently sat down for an interview with Esquire, where his remarks about his sexuality were taken as him coming out as nonbinary.
"I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn't take himself or herself too seriously," he told the magazine. "And you see I say 'himself' and 'herself,' because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I'm a very soft person. I'm not afraid to show that side of myself."
But according to Williams, media outlets were way off the mark when it came to interpreting his words:
"Well, first of all, I asked last night. I said, 'What the hell is gender fluid?' That's a whole new term," Williams told Undefeated.
"But what I was talking about was about men getting in touch with their softer side of themselves. There's a phrase that was coined by Carl G. Jung, who was a psychiatrist, who was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, and they had a splitting of the ways because they had different ideas about the … what do you call it? Consciousness. Unconscious. It's collective unconsciousness. But he coined a phrase that's, 'Anima animus.' And anima means that is the female counterpart of the male self, and the animus is the male counterpart of the female. So that's what I was referring to."
So that clears that up...