Nikki Blonsky texted her Hairspray on-screen mother John Travolta  the news of her coming out


Nikki Blonsky came out to the world in a TikTok singing to Diana Ross’ anthem I’m Coming Out. 

Before her coming out became big news, the 31-year-old revealed she wanted to deliver the news personally to John Travolta, who played her on-screen mother in Hairspray. 

She delivered the news with a text and told The Hollywood Reporter in a Q&A, published Tuesday that they ‘had a lovely conversation.’

Personally delivery: Before Nikki Blonsky’s news of coming out circulated she personally texted John Travolta, who played her on-screen mother in Hairspray, she told the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday (pictured together in 2008)

Blonsky said she made the decision to give him the news personally because ‘I did not want the person who played my mother to have to find out about this from anybody else.’

‘I felt the need to tell him myself so I texted him and we had a lovely conversation,’ she continued. ‘I love him with all my heart.’

She continued to gush over her co-star saying: ‘I couldn’t have been more honored to have played his daughter. He is one of the finest human beings you’re ever going to meet.’

Blonsky and Travolta portrayed the mother-daughter duo Tracy and Edna Turnblad in the 2007 film Hairspray. 

Gushing: 'I felt the need to tell him myself so I texted him and we had a lovely conversation,' she continued. 'I love him with all my heart' (Travolta pictured in January 2020)

Gushing: ‘I felt the need to tell him myself so I texted him and we had a lovely conversation,’ she continued. ‘I love him with all my heart’ (Travolta pictured in January 2020)

Duo: Blonsky and Travolta portrayed the mother-daughter duo Tracy and Edna Turnblad in the 2007 film Hairspray (pictured on screen in Hairspray)

Duo: Blonsky and Travolta portrayed the mother-daughter duo Tracy and Edna Turnblad in the 2007 film Hairspray (pictured on screen in Hairspray)

They starred alongside an ensemble cast that included Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Christopher Walken and the late Jerry Stiller. 

She also shared that her other co-star Brittany Snow and Hairspray director Adam Shankman reached out after her news. 

‘I was most nervous about my Hairspray family, I think,’ she said. 

Though the comforting words and joy from her co-stars delighted her. 

Hollywood encouragement: 'My hands haven’t stopped shaking,' she said. 'I’ve been replying to people like Billie Jean King and Debbie Gibson — it’s absolutely mind-blowing the love and support I’ve been shown'

Hollywood encouragement: ‘My hands haven’t stopped shaking,’ she said. ‘I’ve been replying to people like Billie Jean King and Debbie Gibson — it’s absolutely mind-blowing the love and support I’ve been shown’

Supportive: She also shared that her other co-star Brittany Snow and Hairspray director Adam Shankman reached out after her news. 'Hearing from Adam and from Brittany and people who I think so incredibly highly of, it means more than they will ever know,' Blonsky said

Supportive: She also shared that her other co-star Brittany Snow and Hairspray director Adam Shankman reached out after her news. ‘Hearing from Adam and from Brittany and people who I think so incredibly highly of, it means more than they will ever know,’ Blonsky said 

‘Hearing from Adam and from Brittany and people who I think so incredibly highly of, it means more than they will ever know,’ Blonsky said. 

Adding: ‘I was so nervous because I didn’t want them to think I was keeping something from them. I wasn’t ready at the time to put it all out there.’

Another person she wanted to deliver the news to personally was Anthony Carr, who she started dating at 17-years-old after ‘falling in love’ on the set of Hairspray. 

‘He couldn’t have been kinder and he calls me every day to check on me. I’m just so incredibly grateful,’ she said of his response.

Reveal: Nikki came out to the Diana Ross’ anthem I’m Coming Out in a TikTok post Sunday

Reveal: Nikki came out to the Diana Ross’ anthem I’m Coming Out in a TikTok post Sunday

And they weren’t the only stars who reached out as others continued to offer support. 

‘My hands haven’t stopped shaking,’ she said. ‘I’ve been replying to people like Billie Jean King and Debbie Gibson — it’s absolutely mind-blowing the love and support I’ve been shown.’

She came out to the Diana Ross’ anthem I’m Coming Out in a TikTok post Sunday.

‘Hi, it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie I’m Gay! #pride #imcomingout #hairspray’ said the 31-year-old actress in a clip in which she danced in a friend’s backyard in Hicksville, New York.

The latest: She posted on her Instagram account as well

The latest: She posted on her Instagram account as well

In the comment section, Blonsky showed her gratitude to her 27,000-plus followers who had given her feedback amid the personal announcement.

‘It’s incredibly true!!!’ she said. ‘Thank you so much for the love and support!’

She also posted a colorful graphic to Instagram that read ‘I’m gay,’ as confetti rained down. 

‘I’m coming out #pride,’ she wrote simply.  

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