Kristy McNichol Comes Out:
Because she wants to do what she can to help stop teen bullying, Kristy McNichol, a teen actress who played tomboy "Buddy" on the TV show Family in the 1970s came out as a lesbian in 2012, just before she is about to turn 50. Her publicist told People magazine "She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support. She would like to help others who feel different."
Teen Idol Kristy McNichol:
Kristy McNichol won two Emmy Awards in 1977 and 1979 for role as "Buddy" in the hit TV drama Family. As a tomboy, Kristy McNichol had a following of lesbian fans, even though there were no out lesbian celebrities at that time. Women who are about the same age McNichol is now (50) often list her as someone they had a crush on when they were growing up.
Kristy McNichol's Struggles:
Kristy McNichol admitted that she struggled as a child actor. She talked of a movie director who tried to seduce her in his trailer in a 1989 interview in People magazine. "He tried to come on to me in a really bad way," she says. "I thought he was a friend. This is someone I trusted. Suddenly, his arms were all over me and he was pulling me close."
Kristy McNichol: Rumor Control:
Kristy McNichol being a lesbian was one rumor that circulated around her career. Others were that she was a drug addict, alcoholic or suffered from mental problems. She was forced to leave a movie set after an emotional breakdown and then in 1993 left the TV show Empty Nest unable to keep up with the pressures of Hollywood. At some point in her career she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Two in the Family:
Meredith Baxter played Kristy McNichol's older sister on the TV show Family. She later came out as a lesbian too.
Kristy McNichol's Love Life and Partner:
Kristy McNichol has retired from public life and is said to spend her time doing yoga, playing tennis and raising miniature dachshunds. As part of her coming out, Kristy McNichol also announced that she has been in a relationship for 20 years with Martie Allen. They shared a picture in People magazine.