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Who knew? New York City's first lady shows flair for comedy

Chirlane McCray, right, wife of Mayor Bill de

Chirlane McCray, right, wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, appears on stage with her daughter Chiara, left, after her husband was elected the first Democratic mayor of New York City in 20 years in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Photo Credit: AP / Kathy Willens

Past declarations of lesbianism. That honeymoon in Cuba. The shunning of a high-society balls.

With tongue in cheek and a roll of the eyes, Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, touched on such topics in a video released by the mayor's office Thursday to promote a live Facebook question-and-answer session that she is hosting Tuesday at 11 a.m. to promote mental health.

A sampler:

* "Why didn't you attend this year's Met Ball?"

Answer: Sigh. "It's a long story. But bottom line: Rihanna stole my dress!"

The first couple have largely been no-shows at high-society events like the Met Ball, a gala that raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.

* Does de Blasio, a Democrat, call her "first lady" at home?

Answer: They call each other "comrade."

* "Are you still a lesbian?"

No answer; just an eyeroll.

McCray penned an article for Essence in 1979 titled "I Am a Lesbian." A dozen years later, she met and fell in love with de Blasio.

Tuesday's Facebook session with the online publication Mic will address an issue the mayor's wife had made a cornerstone of her public life. The first couple's daughter, Chiara de Blasio, has gone public with her own struggles with anxiety, depression and drug use to raise awareness.


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