Is Raven Symone Really Dating AzMarie? She Responds To Lesbian Rumors

May 18, 2012  |  

Over the past couple of days, rumors have been flying around about Raven Symone being in a relationship with former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant AzMarie Livingston. You may have missed the news since it came from the National Enquirer but the amount of pick-up the story received alleging that Raven and Az are shacking up in an $11,000/month condo in NYC was enough to make the actress respond on Twitter and shut down any further discussion. She tweeted:

“I’m living my PERSONAL life the way I’m happiest. I’m not one, in my 25 year career to disclose who I’m dating. and I shall not start now. My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m dating to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life. However that is my right as a HUMAN BEing whether straight or gay. To tell or not to tell. As long as I’m not harming anyone. I am a light being made from love. And my career is the only thing I would like to put on display, not my personal life. Kisses!”

Ask me something else and see what happens! Sorry, I added that last part. I just love how she handles media speculation and drama so well at her age and after 25 years in the industry. That’s pretty much the same type of response she gives whenever someone tries to come at her about her weight: her body, her business. Hot 97.3 reported sources as saying:

“[Raven’s] at a point now where she doesn’t care what her family thinks, and she’s in love with AzMarie.  She’s a lesbian and wants to live that way. Can you believe it?”

From the response she gave on Twitter, I can, because that’s the way she’s always been—unconcerned with other people’s thoughts.

What do you think about Raven’s response?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Samirah Washington

    I totally agree it is her life, has long as she is happy that is all that matter. I love it!!!!! They make a cute couple . I feel people in the world enjoy and feed off of negative things. A heart is to be loved, from the looks and spoken words that’s what she is doing.

  • Syamone

    It’s her life. I love raven no matter what she is. Besides she has to answer to God for herself. So leave her be.

  • Syamone

    It’s her life. I love raven no matter what she is. She has to answer to God for herself so leave her be.

  • Amy

    Honestly? What is there to think? She didn’t stutter, she stated the facts, and like every other human being that should be respected. She owes no one an explanation about anything. We came to know her for her creative talents, which is what she has always shared with the world. She’s pretty much said she’s not a walking reality television show so why are you further asking this question. Does it really matter what anyone thinks? Dead Issue!!

  • cleva

    so what

  • Psylocke_2001

    I think she handled it like an adult.  I really don’t want to know, celebrities nowadays are a little too open for my liking, and everyday people are a little too concerned about what they are doing.  I am a fan of hers and wish her happiness and success.

  • WTF! Raven sit your a** down! All that rhetoric spells gay.

  • Spoken like a true Sagittarius, I luv it. Nope we are not entitled to her business since we didn’t support her last show endeavor “State of Georgia” which I loved….Go head Raven!

  • fitnessforlife

    Her sentence structure sucks.

  • Nessie_mz

    So what? She is right she don’t owe the public nada about her personal life and up to this point she has managed herself pretty good and have not made a fool out herself like some others. Go Raven I still think she is awesome.

  • thinker

    Why isn’t this photo of raven not on your “worst celebrity make-up mishaps list’?

  • FromUR2UB

    Why are people who took time to read the article, chastising others who responded to it, about being in someone’s business?

    I hadn’t thought she was gay prior to this, but I’m thinking she is now, based upon that pic.  The tone of the pose is flirtatious and defiant.  Knowing that anything on film can float around and be leaked, a person who wants to keep her business private shouldn’t pose in a way that’s going to fuel gossip.  You don’t put it out there, then take offense when people talk about it.  Just a little uncommon sense.

  • Cherry

    Oh yeah, based on her response it seems as though we lost another one!  Anyhoot, still luv ya RaRa!!

  • Darbeauk

    I like how everyone is her business! but yet all clicked on the article to see if it was true. Human Beings are Hypocrites that pretend the personal lives of celebrities are uninteresting…I’m sorry if a celebrity has the public digging into their personal business…that is the choice you made when you decided to skip nursing school to be a star…every upside (millions of dollars) has a downside ( no privacy) PERIOD!

  • uraclosetfreak

    Whatever Raven! yeah your right ur business is ur business.  When asked about it dont avoid the question just answer it….you grown, right? speak ur mind dont hide behind hidden messages. Tell it like it is and then we can really respect you for who you really are

  • I think she made things a bit worse by acknowledging it at all on Twitter. I love Raven, but if she doesn’t want people in her business maybe she should stop referencing it on social networking sites.

  • IllyPhilly

    What is this? Gay is the topic of 2012 until election?

  • adrienne michelle

    i think her response was very classy and mature

  • User119670

    Whatever floats her boat and brings a smile to her beautiful face…….

  • Guest

    She’s gay but so what… it may not be anyones business but this is the nature of the business she’s in given that she’s been in it for 25 years like she’ws said she should know that.  And although not admitting to something logically doesn’t mean you are in fact guilt of said then, this is usually the exact when of closeted entertainers handle questions about their sexuality. Matt Bomer gave a similar response to questions about his sexuality up until he was ready to come out.  But at the end of the day again so she’s gay so what….  live your life!

  • Injynqbs

    Agreed w/ Sha Sha lol and she gave a similar statement on Wendy Williams last week I think it was. Wendy was trying to get all in the kool-aid like only she can and Raven basically said I’m happy in my personal life. Hm.  If she is fine. If she isn’t fine.

  • Glodene


  • Raven a lizzy man whats the world coming to.But who care’s.The world  is going away god’s word’s in the bible anyway.

  • IreneAngel ~ Don Diva

    I love her style and the way she handles media. She doesn’t wan’t her personal life displayed and I don’t blame her. It’s not about whether or not she denied being a lesbian or a hetero sexual. It’s about respecting her privacy. ” Worry Self, And Self Will Succeed!”

  • Lartorr53

    I just love the way someone so young can tell people so old to MIND THEY OWN D)$@@836bb3672996163e5369aaf7855e3100:disqus 

  • Charlieshine1

    Another stupid article!

  • Lucygoosey

    all that explanation means “gay”

  • Kwash72

    You go girl!! It’s none of business, nor is it the worlds business!! Live your life and do what makes you happy!!

  • So, if she wants to follow Queen Latefah and others into lesbo land, that is her business

  • Sexiqueen05

    who she lives with and/or dates is like she said “her business”. long as both are consenting adults and what they do is legal….nobody gots no say in their bedroom life.

    •  unless they live in a state where sodomy is illegal… just saying.

      • Mtiani2001

        They’re girls (lesbians) not gay men, why do you think they would be practicing sodomy? I’m sure more straight couples sodomize (sp?) than lesbian couples. Wth!

      • Kai


        – noun
        anal or oral copulation with a member of the opposite sex.
        copulation with a member of the same sex.
        bestiality (def. 4).

    • Netdandri

      I think a lot of the people in here are gay, themselves, and running to the defense of Raven for something they think she will be critisized for…

      • Netdandri

        Oops. Didn’t mean to comment to you.

        • bobbie

          It is so sad what this western society is turning the world into… Maybe apocalypse is next thing. Homosexuality is not a coool thing and should be something you chose out of promiscuity you either born a eunuque or you re not. But that society wants to make us believe becoming gay is cool. Its not. That being said not everyone is religious and we should look at a human being with respect what ever that young woman does is her business between her god and her people.

  • Staynsweet

    I don’t understand why people go so hard on the bloggers for reporting. That’s their job. Isn’t that the reason you come to the blog? Calm down!

    •  you are soooo right. people get sooo bent out of shape when they read a blog, it’s either ‘who cares’, ‘the writers are stupid’, ‘it’s their life stay out of it’ smh. people just trying to do their darn jobs!!!

      • Netdandri

        I think a lot of the people in here are gay, themselves, and running to the defense of Raven for something they think she will be critizied for…

  • Soulflower1217

    I’m dayum happy for Raven! Shoot looks good and sounds even sexier….$11,000 a month residence…swank!

    “I’m a light being made from love” phenomenal!!!!

    I love my LGBTQ family….

  • Sassynhot

    That’s the same type of answer we always see when their sexuality is questioned.  Luther gave a similar response on his years ago. Why not just  say yes or no instead of beating around the mulberry. 

    • BubbleTea

      Maybe because it’s nobody’s business to know. If I’m not in a relationship (or married) to you, then why the F do you care if I’m gay or not? Some people just need to get a life and stop being so nosy.

  • Firstly yes ! Its her life and shes chooses to make parts of it public and some private. Secondly, however lets also remember this chick is HIGHLY media savy .. all of that sounds like a “im not ready” answer carefully worded.

  • J

    She made a concentrated effort to say that she would not be revealing her sexual orientation or her sex life. It’s just sad that people seem to think if you refuse to TALK about sex you “must” be gay by default. It makes it sound like being gay is something a person in entertainment needs to hide or proclaim to give it validity/avoid stygma.

    The hack who wrote this article does the same thing, by the way, by tossing in that “sources” say BS (what “sources”? A friend? Her mom? A dog catcher in Omaha? A professional elevator racer? The reporter who wrote the piece?) at the end. It seems fairly obvious that if Ms Symone doesn’t want to SAY what her sexual orientation is, the reporter is going to do it FOR her. Classy.

    Pretty disgusted by the whole thing. I have loved Ms Symone’s work since she was a child and wish people could leave it at that without trying to find every corner of her life. We don’t know her. She’s an entertainer. Be entertained and then GO HOME.

    How hard is that?

    • Netdandri

      Anybody knows how to read between the lines. Who are we kidding? I think you know her statement means she is a lesbian, as well, just not ready to make a big announcement.

  • thomasclemons5

    She is a lesbian,ugh!

  • Love the comment about BEing light being made from love! I say live your life girl and do ya thang. Love is LOVE no matter the gender. As long as it’s right for YOU. I wish her well. 

    • Am3lya_tandi


  •  Good for her!

  • Linda

    nice and sweet my business is my business, mind yours.

  • I never  really cared for her as an actress she stinks !  but she ‘s smart and she seem to be happy.
    So leave the girl alone.

    • BigMike17

      She stinks as an actress? Really? How old are you, about 50?

  • Really Who cares, it’s her business. She has always been a classy girl and now a classy woman.

  • Tiffiny_carter2000

    who cares

  • RedButterfly81

    You go Raven, people should mind their business!

  • november rain

    More power to her.

  • Candacey Doris

    Good for her. People should mind their own business! 

  • EarthIsASac

    raven live your life;) love her response

  • EarthIsASac

    remember you are always on the outside looking in-its wierd why people want to know whats going on in someone elses bedroom

  • Truth

    carpet munching is her thing!!

  • God’s ADVOCATE

    “Lord help the children”- Nikki Giovanni

  • ieshapatterson

    lol on,she says

  • Who cares! Do yo thang Raven!!

    People be others business waaaay too much.

  • NP

    She said what she had to say….next!

  • Sha Sha

    She didn’t deny it, so…….

    • EarthIsASac

      soooooooooo mind your business

      • Sha Sha

        I never stopped “minding my business”.  I just responded to the question asked in the article. I  did not make reference to whether it was a good or bad thing because I couldn’t care less whether she or anybody else is gay or not.  It seems as if your panties are tied up in a knot over the article, not mine.

      • Mrsadkiah

        Right. She clearly didn’t deny it because she doesn’t say yay or nay about ANY aspect of her romantic life bet that who she’s dating, what they do or what her sexual orientation is. She clearly spelled that out in her response. And since when does living with someone of the same sex make you dating? I missed that memo.

        • britt

          …or gay for that matter?  Let that girl live!  Her business, not ours 🙂

        • J

          Great points.

          If I don’t say I’m NOT a professional juggler, it doesn’t mean I AM a professional juggler. The assuumption that someone is gay because they don’t say they AREN’T is just as bad as hating someone for BEING gay. It’s not a superpower or a disability. It’s just who people are. Let it go, people.

        • Staynsweet

          We had roommates in college to save money. But what grown millionaire lives with someone of the same sex if they’re not gay? NONE! But I love Raven and she’s right… Her Sexuality is HER business!

          •  Best friends do it all the time. No matter how much money you have, if you are best friends with someone, like really tight, living together seems natural. But, if she is gay it’s her business and her life. Labels are so passé anyway.

            • Staynsweet

              Chile please.. Do you know any millionaires with roommates? Do you even know any millionaires period? MILLIONAIRES don’t have roommates! Period! End of story! And you’re just repeating what I and everyone else already said’ It’s her business, her life” blah blah blah

              • Mindingmyownbiz

                Betting YOU don’t know any millionaires, because they DO at times have roommates. They’re called HOUSEGUESTS! lol.

                • Guest


      •  AzMarie, is that you?

    • Amy

      She didn’t admit it, so…..