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OTRC: Raven-Symone on lesbian rumors: my sexual orientation is mine

Raven-Symone appears in a photo taken by Adam Bouska for the NOH8 Campaign, from the campaign's official website. (Noh8campaign.com / Adam Bouska)

Singer and actress Raven-Symone, formerly of "The Cosby Show" and "That's So Raven," has addressed reports that she is a lesbian.

"I'm living my PERSONAL life the way I'm happiest. I'm not one, in my 25 year career to disclose who I'm dating. and I shall not start now," Raven-Symone wrote on May 18, adding, "My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I'm datings to know. I'm not one for a public display of my life."

The National Enquirer claimed that Raven-Symone is living with "America's Next Top Model" contestant AzMarie Livingston, who was in the franchise's most recent cycle 18. The tabloid said the pair has been living in Symone's luxury condo in New York, where the actress is currently starring in Broadway's "Sister Act."

"However that is my right as a HUMAN BEing whether straight or gay. To tell or not to tell. As long as I'm not harming anyone," the actress continued, adding, "I am a light being made from love. And my career is the only thing I would like to put on display, not my personal life. Kisses!"

The 26-year-old actress has denied rumors that she is a lesbian in the past, Tweeting in November 2010, "MOM, supporters, media... I'm not in a relationship with a girl."

The actress took over the lead role in the Broadway musical "Sister Act" in March, for a minimum of six months. The musical is based on the 1992 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg, who plays Deloris Van Cartier, a lounge singer who witnesses a murder and is placed in a convent by police and disguised as a nun named "Sister Mary Clarence."

The actress is perhaps best known for playing Bill Cosby's character's step-granddaughter Olivia on "The Cosby Show" between 1989 and 1992. She then played Nicole on the sitcom "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" until 1997. In 2003, Raven-Symone received her own Disney Channel comedy series "That's So Raven," which ran until 2007. She most recently starred in the 2011 ABC Family sitcom "State of Georgia," which was cancelled after its first season.

Raven-Symone has also worked in music - she released her debut album, the R&B record "Here's to New Dreams" in 1993, when she was 7-years-old. Her fourth and latest album, "Raven-Symone," hit stores in 2008.

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