Watch: Gay? Bi? Horror Icon Elvira Says, 'I Don't Know What I Am!'

Tuesday September 28, 2021

Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark  (Source:Screenshot/Yahoo! Entertainment)

Horror icon Elvira, Mistress of the Dark — also known as Cassandra Peterson — reflected on what sort of label she might apply to herself. "I guess, you know, now there's non-binary, gender-fluid, whatever," the celeb reflected. "I don't know what the hell I am!"

The horror movie maven made her comments while speaking with Yahoo! Entertainment about having revealed her two-decade-long relationship with another woman, trainer Teresa "T" Wierson, in her newly-published memoir, which hit the shelves last week.

Reflecting that her longstanding relationship with Wierson continues to be "great," the 70-year-old celeb explained that she's still "mainly attracted to men." Still, she said, her relationship with Wierson just keeps getting better.

"I fell in love with somebody who I met who I really love, and she was a woman," Peterson said. "I'm always asking myself: 'Did you turn gay all of a sudden after, like, 50 years? Wow, what up with that?'"

"I would be fine with saying I came out and I'm gay," Peterson said, "but I don't think I'm gay. I don't know what the hell I am!" she told the outlet, going on to share that "people have said, 'Oh, you're bi.' And I said, 'Well, I guess I am now! It wasn't until I turned 50!' I don't know how to explain it, but it's been great."

Peterson went on to say that Wierson "loves it when we're walking down the street and a hot guy goes by and I'm like, 'Wha, wha, whoa!!'"

Reporting on the interview, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Peterson had kept her relationship with Wierson quiet as a matter of protecting her brand — and not just because her life partner is another woman.

Peterson explained, "Elvira is a big horndog. She's always after guys, guys are chasing her...And oddly, when I was married to a man for 25 years, I did not tell anybody I was married and I tried my best to keep that a secret."

A fear of homophobic backlash affecting her career did play a part, though. As EDGE reported previously, Peterson wrote in her memoir, "I have friends who are gay and have come out of the closet and it affected their work, relationships and their life."

Now, though, Peterson has decided to put the truth out there because "I felt hypocritical — and I hate hypocrites."

"I'm being 'straight' Elvira, and then I hang out with nothing but gay men, practically — and then I'm not telling people the truth, you know what I mean? That feels weird to me."

To watch the Yahoo! Entertainment interview, follow this link.