Sitcom star Meredith Baxter is redefining her own ‘Family Ties’ after telling People magazine that she’s a lesbian, an announcement she also made this morning on ‘Today.’
Her reasons for publicly outing herself appear to have come on the heels of some snooping by the National Enquirer and Perez Hilton, according to USA Today. “I did not want some tabloid to take the story and make it up,” Baxter said.
Having lived through three marriages to men, Baxter tried dating women seven years ago and is now in a four-year-old relationship with Nancy Locke.
Baxter’s son Peter told People he was excited for his mother after hearing the news early on. “I just couldn’t stop smiling, because she finally figured it out,”
Aside from the ’80s show ‘Family Ties,’ Baxter played opposite David Birney — later her second husband — on ‘Bridget Loves Bernie’ and plenty of TV movies.