Family Ties' Meredith Baxter says she's 'a lesbian mom'
Children of the '80s will be shocked -- but not that shocked -- to learn that Meredith Baxter, one-time Family Ties mom Elyse Keaton, has announced that she is a lesbian, People reports. All we can say to that is, we didn't know Elyse was spelled with a Y.
"I'm a lesbian mom, " the 62-year-old tells the mag, revealing that she started dating women seven years ago. She says the thought of being gay "had never crossed my mind," but three failed marriages may have been a good indication.
"I was never comfortable with myself," she says. "That doesn't mean I was questioning."
So now she's been with a building contractor named Nancy Locke for four years (living together for two of those) and things are great: "I feel like I'm being honest for the first time," Baxter says.
Her five kids seem fine with it, with 25-year-old son Peter saying, "I just couldn't stop smiling, because she finally figured it out." Alex P. Keaton, meanwhile, is signing up for therapy in some imaginary doctor's office.
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