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Raven-Symoné: I don't want to be labeled as African-American or gay

Actress-singer Raven-Symoné and Oprah pose after The Cosby

Actress-singer Raven-Symoné and Oprah pose after The Cosby Show star's interview on OWN's "Where Are They Now?" on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. Credit: Instagram / Oprah Winfrey

Singer-actress and former child star Raven-Symoné said she rejects labeling herself as gay or as African-American.

"I don't label myself," she told Oprah Winfrey on Sunday's episode of OWN's "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" "What I really mean by that is I'm an American," she said. "I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture."

Raven-Symoné, 28 -- who played step-granddaughter Olivia on "The Cosby Show" and later starred on the Disney Channel's "That's So Raven" -- added that her tweet last year supporting gay marriage and saying, "I can finally get married! Yay government!" was not a coming out.

"That was my way of saying I'm proud of the country," she told Winfrey. "But, I will say that I'm in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman."

She added, "I don't need language, I don't need a categorizing statement for it . . . I don't want to be labeled 'gay.' I want to be labeled 'a human who loves humans.' I'm tired of being labeled. I'm an American. I'm not an African-American. I'm an American."

Reacting to Winfrey's suggestion that her comments might trigger angry responses online, Raven-Symoné explained, "I don't know where my roots go to. I don't know how far back they go . . . I don't know what country in Africa I'm from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I'm an American. And that's a colorless person. "

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