Sophia Bush comes out as queer in public essay, opens up about divorce

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4/26: CBS Morning News

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"One Tree Hill" prima Sophia Bush addressed her caller divorcement and rumors of infidelity successful a candid individual effort for Glamour magazine. In nan screen communicative for nan manner magazine, Bush besides came retired arsenic queer and confirmed that she is making love retired U.S. Women's National Team shot subordinate Ashlyn Harris.

In nan essay, she described nan acold feet she knowledgeable earlier tying nan knot pinch Hughes successful July 2022.

"In April of 2022 I was adjacent to calling disconnected my wedding. Instead of moving away, I doubled down connected being a exemplary wife," she wrote.

Bush said she kept trying to show herself that "relationships are hard" and that "marriage takes compromise" but that nan "heartbreak of nan fertility process" led her to reassess her marriage.

"Six months into that journey, I deliberation I knew heavy down that I perfectly had made a mistake. It would return my caput and bosom a while longer to understand what my bones already knew," she wrote.

Bush revenge for divorcement from entrepreneur Grant Hughes successful August 2023 aft a twelvemonth of marriage. A period later, Harris filed for divorcement from her erstwhile teammate Ali Krieger. Shortly aft some divorces became public, it was reported Bush and Harris were dating.

In her essay, Bush said nan determination to record for divorcement took clip – and came aft galore conversations pinch "groups of women successful my life [who] started opening up astir issues they were going done successful their ain homes." Harris, she said, was 1 of those women. They had met successful 2019.

"She's been specified a benignant receptor for those of america who opened up astir our problems during a shared play of speaking engagements astatine a fancy convention successful Cannes, and soon it became clear that she needed our ears too."

La Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA Peacock Watch Party - Season 2023 Pictured: (l-r) Ashlyn Harris, Sophia Bush, Sydney Leroux astatine Gracias Madre connected July 26, 2023 -- Photo by: Todd Williamson/Peacock via Getty Images

Bush said she didn't expect to find emotion successful this support strategy and felt her feelings for Harris developed slow and simultaneously overnight.

"And I deliberation it's very easy not to spot thing that's been successful beforehand of your look for a agelong clip erstwhile you'd ne'er looked astatine it arsenic an action and you had ne'er been looked astatine arsenic an option," she wrote successful nan essay.

Elsewhere, societal media viewed their emotion arsenic an affair.

"The online rumor mill began to spit successful nan ugliest ways. There were blatant lies. Violent threats. There were accusations of being a home-wrecker," she wrote successful nan essay. "The ones who said I'd near my ex because I abruptly realized I wanted to beryllium pinch women — my partners person known what I'm into for arsenic agelong arsenic I have."

She added: "The thought that I near my matrimony based connected immoderate panic rendezvous — that, to beryllium crystal-clear, ne'er happened — alternatively than having taken complete a twelvemonth to do nan astir psyche crushing activity of my life? Rather than realizing I had to beryllium nan astir susceptible I've ever been, connected a nationalist stage, contempt being terrified to my core? It feels brutal."

Elsewhere successful nan essay, Bush said that while she benignant of hates nan conception of having to travel retired successful 2024, she is acutely alert that "we are having this speech successful a twelvemonth erstwhile we're seeing nan astir fierce attacks connected nan LGBTQIA+ organization successful modern history."

"There were much than 500 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills projected successful authorities legislatures successful 2023, truthful for that logic I want to springiness nan enactment of coming retired nan respect and grant it deserves. I've knowledgeable truthful overmuch safety, respect, and emotion successful nan queer community, arsenic an state each of my life, that, arsenic I came into myself, I already felt it was my home."

As for a label, Bush said her sexuality exists connected a spectrum and believes nan connection that champion defines her astatine nan infinitesimal is "queer."

"I can't opportunity it without smiling, actually. And that feels beautiful great," she wrote.

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Lucia Suarez Sang

Lucia Suarez Sang is an subordinate managing editor astatine cbsnews.com. Previously, Lucia was nan head of integer contented astatine FOX61 News successful Connecticut and has antecedently written for outlets including FoxNews.com, Fox News Latino and nan Rutland Herald.