Actress Cassandra Peterson –aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark– has opened up about what happened after the bombshell’s bombshell blew up –she was a lesbian!
Peterson told the podcast Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef that the publication of her memoir Yours Cruelly, Elvira, where she revealed that she’d been in a 20-year relationship with a woman, shocked her fan base.
“The thing that came out that flipped everybody out was that I was with a woman.
Nobody was ready for that. Apparently, we kept it a pretty good damn secret because nobody knew. Everybody was surprised. Now, our closest friends and our relatives knew. But outside a very small circle of people, even my second-tier group of friends who I’ve known for a long time did not know.
It was shocking for me.”
Peterson says she cared most about the reaction of her queer fans.
I hope they embraced it, but I was feeling like:
‘What if they think I’m a big fat hypocrite, and I was lying to them?’”
Now, the straight people….
I knew that there was going to be some horny old men out there who were just not going to like the fact that they didn’t have a chance with me anymore. I hate to tell them: they already didn’t have a chance with me anyway.
It’s funny. One of the things that happened on my social media–I won’t say which platform–one day after the book came out I lost 11,000 people. They just said
‘Elvira, you lied to me. I don’t respect you anymore. Goodbye.’
But I got 60,000 new followers the same day.”
I know it was mostly just straight, older guys who felt lied to. You can’t please everybody!”
She also said that she thought homophobia played a part in the backlash too.
In the book, Peterson revealed that her partner of almost 20 years was her longtime assistant Teresa “T” Wierson, explaining that she kept the relationship secret to protect the brand and to her partner’s privacy.
Yours Cruely, Elvira was reviewed as one of the best books of 2021 by the New York Times.
(Photo, Instagram; via Queerty)