‘Family Ties’ Mom Meredith Baxter Reveals She’s a Lesbian (video)

meredith-baxterMeredith Baxter, the actress known for playing hippie mom in the 1980s sitcom “Family Ties” announced that’s she’s a lesbian.

“I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition,” Baxter told Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show. “Some people would say, well, you’re living a lie and, you know, the truth is — not at all. This has only been for the past seven years.” She says she didn’t disclose this before because she has “always lived a very private life,” and that “to come out and disclose stuff is very antithetical to who I am.”

Baxter, 62, says that she realized she needed to come forward because she “got involved with someone I never expected to get involved with, and it was an awakening. I understood why I have the issue in my life … I was involved with people who made me think they’re the problem. It never occurred to me, that it was me”.

Speculation about Meredith’s sexuality was raised when The National Enquirer reported that she was spotted “traveling with a female friend” on a Caribbean cruise sponsored by lesbian travel company Sweet.

Watch: Matt Lauer Interview with Meredith Baxter

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