Don Lemon is an American award-winning journalist and author best known for hosting CNN Tonight. He has a gone through a very difficult time in his life. He was sexually abused when he was a child.
Lemon, who is openly gay, has currently been engaged his boyfriend Tim Malone and the couple is enjoying a romantic relationship together.
Here's what you need to know about Don Lemon's personal life. Stay tuned.
Don Lemon is Openly Gay, Sexually Abused as a Child
Don Lemon is openly gay. He opened up about his sexual orientation in a memoir, Transparent, in May 2011.
In the book which hit shelves June 16, he wrote,
College wasn't the only learning experience I undertook during my years in New York. I was also coming to terms with my sexual identity.
He added at the time, "Since I was knee-high to a duck, I've known that I was gay."
In his Transparent book, he also opened up about being sexual abuse as a child, revealing that he didn't tell his mother about the abuse until he was thirty years old.
I, like most gay people, lived a life of fear. Fear that if some employers, co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members learned of my sexuality, I would be shunned, mocked and ostracized. It is a burden that millions of people carry with them every single day.
Lemon was honored at an event in April 2019 and it highlighted the social services Safe Horizon provides for other victims.
Transparent is dedicated to a Rutgers University student, Tyler Clementi, who killed himself in September 2010 after being teased by his classmates for his sexuality.
Of the death of Tyler, Lemon said, he would be alive "if more gay men and women had chosen to live proudly and openly."
Don Lemon Engagement With Boyfriend Tim Malone
Lemon, 53, shared an Instagram post on April 6, 2019, to announce that he was engaged to his real estate agent boyfriend Tim Malone.
Alongside a photo of their two poodle mixes, Boomer and Barkley wearing dog tags reading, "Daddy will you marry Papa?," he wrote at the time, "He gave me a present on his birthday. How could I say no?"
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The couple started dating in 2018 after reportedly first meeting at a bar. But on December 31, 2019, the television host clarified that his boyfriend was already with him at the bar and the two first met in New York City.
Clarification. We did not meet at the bar. He was with me at the bar. We met in New York. https://t.co/lfz0IMF5un
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) 1 January 2018
During the 2019 New Year eve, the gay couple shared a passionate kiss on live CNN broadcast.
Short Biography, Sister Leisa Grimes' Death
Born on March 1, 1966, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, Don Lemon was raised along with his two siblings Yma Lemon and Leisa Lemon, by their parents Mr. Richardson and Katherine Clark.
Leisa was Lemon's elder sister who died in January 2018 due to accidental drowning in a pond while fishing. she was 58 years old.
Lemon, who is an award-winning news anchor for CNN Tonight, has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million.
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