Kerry Washington wasn't offended by rumours she was a lesbian.
The 'Scandal' star, who is expecting her first child with her NFL star husband of four months, Nnamdi Asomugha, believes the speculation about her sexuality stemmed from the fact she rarely talks about her personal life.
The 36-year-old actress told The Advocate magazine: ''It's interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn't share their personal life. I understand their frustration.
''I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, 'See?' Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I've never been bothered by the lesbian rumour. There's nothing offensive about it, so there's no reason to be offended.''
The actress is a vocal supporter of marriage equality and is very proud that 'Scandal' features a gay couple, journalist James Novak and Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene.
She said: ''Something that brings me great joy is knowing what 'Scandal's' audience looks like in terms of African-American households and knowing that so many African-American people and families are being introduced to our characters James and Cyrus.
''It's really exciting that millions of viewers each week are living life with this amazing, complex couple, stepping into their gay marriage and adoption experience, which is such a vital storyline in our show.''