Elizabeth Smart’s Father, Ed Smart Announces That He Is Gay

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Elizabeth Smart’s Father, Ed Smart Announces That He Is Gay

Emma Trinh, Staff Writer

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The father of Elizabeth Smart, Ed Smart, just revealed to the public that he is coming out as gay. Elizabeth Smart first gained the nation’s attention when she was kidnapped at the age of 14. She was abducted from her bedroom in their family home, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ed Smart made the announcement to friends and family and later confirmed the statement through social media. 

The 64 year old has stated that he has been struggling with this for many years. He told the press that it was a part of him that he “never wanted to accept.” Smart has realized that coming out is going to bring “its own set of challenges” but it is also a “huge relief.” 

“I have been attracted to men going as far back as 12 years old.” he told CNN. He also told reporters that he tried to suppress the idea and tell himself that “it wasn’t who he is.” On July 5th, Ed Smart filed for divorce from his wife of 33 years, Lois Smart. He revealed that he was not leaving her for someone else but instead the divorce, is for the “fairness of everyone.”

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