Actor Jussie Smollett told gay glossy Out that he identifies as a gay man but remains open to love regardless of gender.

Smollett is best known for playing a young gay musician on the Fox drama Empire.

“I am a gay man with an extremely open heart,” Smollett said. “God, I’ve never had to talk about this, so I’m trying to find the words. If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man. With that said, I believe that love is the only thing that matters, and I would hope that anybody would leave themselves open – not to gender, but to love. I would hope that people would not close themselves off from what could be if, lo and behold, you meet somebody that just sweeps you off your feet, and you just can’t do anything about it. If we truly believe that we are born this way, then why do we try to stifle the way we were born?”

“If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I’m going to love that woman.”

The 32-year-old Smollett added that he feels all sexual orientations are valid.

“But this is a conversation that deserves to be had, because we don’t all understand each other. You’re not going to tell me that loving someone is wrong. That does not mean that heterosexuality is not … very real. It does not mean that bisexuality is not very real. It does not mean that homosexuality is not very real. They are all very real. But what I’m saying is, I am a gay man. I am a gay man. I am a gay man. I don’t know how many times I have to say that,” he said.