Actor Meredith Baxter, best known to most as Elyse Keaton from Family Ties, has officially come out as a lesbian. Baxter made the confession in an interview on this morning's Today show.
After recently enjoying a lesbian cruise to the Caribbean, which was also enjoyed by recently out actor Kelly McGillis and reported in the National Enquirer, Baxter was spotted with her partner while shopping. Photographs of the pair showed a good deal of physical affection and were posted on Perez Hilton's celebrity gossip blog. Baxter responded, â€œI did not want some tabloid to take the story and make it up â€” I wanted it to be in my own words. Iâ€™ve always lived a very private life. To come out and disclose stuff is very antithetical to who I am.â€
Baxter told the Today show that she had a "later-in-life recognition" and has been happily coupled for four years with her partner Nancy Locke who is a general contractor.
Congratulations, Meredith! Welcome to the club!