Lily Tomlin said this week that coming out publicly has been “a challenge” for her.

The 75-year-old Tomlin has previously said that she never hid her sexuality. Still, she didn't publicly acknowledge her more than four-decade relationship with Jane Wagner until recently.

Tomlin and Wagner married on New Year's Eve in New York.

“I wasn't totally forthcoming,” she said during a HuffPost Live interview. “Everybody in the business knew I was gay, and certainly everybody I worked with and everything like that. I just never had a press conference to announce it.”

“I wonder if I'd come out on that '75 cover of TIME if I would have had as long a career as I've had, because it would have been an inopportune time to make such a grand statement. I mean Ellen [DeGeneres] didn't really come out until 20 years later.”

Tomlin stars opposite Jane Fonda in the upcoming Netflix comedy Grace And Frankie.

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