Actress Meredith Baxter says coming out gay left her feeling unburdened.

Baxter, who is best known for playing Elyse Keaton on the NBC sitcom Family Ties, came out during a 2009 Today Show appearance.

“I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition,” she told Matt Lauer. “Some people would say, well, you're living a lie and, you know, the truth is – not at all. This has only been for the past seven years.”

Baxter, 67, came forward after Perez Hilton published photos on his website of Baxter and then-girlfriend Nancy Locke aboard an all-lesbian cruise. The pair married in California last year.

“After coming out on national television I felt unburdened, and that's the way I feel now,” Baxter said in an Oprah: Where Are They Now segment broadcast Sunday. “I'm not worried about someone going, 'Hey we know about this.' I don't have anything I'm trying to hide.”

Baxter wrote about her three failed marriages to men and coming out in her 2011 memoir Untied.