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What Made Empire Star Jussie Smollett Cry?

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Jussie Smollett’s character on Empire is a pretty tough cat. When he isn’t dangling Baretti over a balcony or dodging bullets at the studio, he’s ripping up his daddy’s checks and kneeing his brother in his man parts. But a recent encounter broke him down to tears.

Jussie’s been very open about his sexuality and confidently told Ellen Degeneres, “There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet…I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home.”

Jussie’s fearless story inspired a fan who told him he saved her life.

“I get really incredible people,” Smollett tells E! News. “This girl came to a signing and she showed me she had cuts on her arm and she said, I swear to god, she said she was about to commit suicide and just happened to see me on Ellen and it changed her life. And she cried to me and I literally started bawling, ’cause I am a little sucker for emotion…But that stuff right there is crazy to think that you can have such a affect on someone’s life. It touches me in a really, really deep way.”

Thug tears.

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