After 20 years out of the spotlight, the â€œFamilyâ€ and â€œEmpty Nestâ€ star Kristy McNichol is coming back and out of the closet to announce she is gay in an attempt to inspired kids to do the same and help those who are being bullied.
Kristy, who is currently happy and healthy, has been living with her partner Martie Allen for the past 20 years, after she decided to retire from acting when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in 1992.
The 49 year-old actress wants to “be open about who I am” as she is “approaching 50″ and also â€œhopes that coming out can help kids who need support. She would like to help others who feel different.”
Out and proud. Kristy looks happy and is enjoying living a private life with her partner. The former troubled star spends her time with yoga, tennis, travelling and raising miniature dachshunds.