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Actress Meredith Baxter kicks open the closet door on the Today Show

I never heard a peep on the grapevine about Meredith Baxter being gay. Congrats for coming out — at any age. And she decided to do so just as the Enquirer and Perez were on the case. Kudos for just breaking free.

Big revelation on this morning's Today show: Meredith Baxter is gay. “I'm a lesbian,” she told Matt Lauer. “Some people would say, well, you're living a lie and, you know, the truth is – not at all. This has only been the past 7 years,” said Baxter, 62,  explaining that she's “extraordinarily happy.” And the famous Family Ties mom says it sheds some light on her three previous marriages (which resulted in five kids).

“I understand why I had the issues I had earlier in my life. I had difficulty connecting with men.”She added,  “I got involved with someone I never expected to get involved with,” she said, citing Nancy Locke, a general contractor she met four years ago and with whom she lives a “very out life with in Los Angeles.” 

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