Sophia Bush comes out as queer, confirms relationship with Ashlyn Harris (2024)

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By Lucia Suarez Sang

/ CBS News

4/26: CBS Morning News

"One Tree Hill" star Sophia Bush addressed her recent divorce and rumors of infidelity in a candid personal essay for Glamour magazine. In the cover story for the fashion magazine, Bush also came out as queer and confirmed that she is dating retired U.S. Women's National Team soccer player Ashlyn Harris.

In the essay, she described the cold feet she experienced before tying the knot with Hughes in July 2022.

"In April of 2022 I was close to calling off my wedding. Instead of running away, I doubled down on being a model wife," she wrote.

Bush said she kept trying to tell herself that "relationships are hard" and that "marriage takes compromise" but that the "heartbreak of the fertility process" led her to reassess her marriage.

"Six months into that journey, I think I knew deep down that I absolutely had made a mistake. It would take my head and heart a while longer to understand what my bones already knew," she wrote.

Bush filed for divorce from entrepreneur Grant Hughes in August 2023 after a year of marriage. A month later, Harris filed for divorce from her former teammate Ali Krieger. Shortly after both divorces became public, it was reported Bush and Harris were dating.

In her essay, Bush said the decision to file for divorce took time – and came after many conversations with "groups of women in my life [who] started opening up about issues they were going through in their own homes." Harris, she said, was one of those women. They had met in 2019.

"She's been such a kind ear for those of us who opened up about our problems during a shared weekend of speaking engagements at a fancy conference in Cannes, and soon it became clear that she needed our ears too."

Sophia Bush comes out as queer, confirms relationship with Ashlyn Harris (1)

Bush said she didn't expect to find love in this support system and felt her feelings for Harris developed slowly and simultaneously overnight.

"And I think it's very easy not to see something that's been in front of your face for a long time when you'd never looked at it as an option and you had never been looked at as an option," she wrote in the essay.

Elsewhere, social media viewed their love as an affair.

"The online rumor mill began to spit in the ugliest ways. There were blatant lies. Violent threats. There were accusations of being a home-wrecker," she wrote in the essay. "The ones who said I'd left my ex because I suddenly realized I wanted to be with women — my partners have known what I'm into for as long as I have."

She added: "The idea that I left my marriage based on some hysterical rendezvous — that, to be crystal-clear, never happened — rather than having taken over a year to do the most soul crushing work of my life? Rather than realizing I had to be the most vulnerable I've ever been, on a public stage, despite being terrified to my core? It feels brutal."

Elsewhere in the essay, Bush said that while she sort of hates the notion of having to come out in 2024, she is acutely aware that "we are having this conversation in a year when we're seeing the most aggressive attacks on the LGBTQIA+ community in modern history."

"There were more than 500 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills proposed in state legislatures in 2023, so for that reason I want to give the act of coming out the respect and honor it deserves. I've experienced so much safety, respect, and love in the queer community, as an ally all of my life, that, as I came into myself, I already felt it was my home."

As for a label, Bush said her sexuality exists on a spectrum and believes the word that best defines her at the moment is "queer."

"I can't say it without smiling, actually. And that feels pretty great," she wrote.

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Lucia Suarez Sang

Lucia Suarez Sang is an associate managing editor at CBSNews.com. Previously, Lucia was the director of digital content at FOX61 News in Connecticut and has previously written for outlets including FoxNews.com, Fox News Latino and the Rutland Herald.

Sophia Bush comes out as queer, confirms relationship with Ashlyn Harris (2024)

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Sophia Bush comes out as queer, confirms relationship with Ashlyn Harris? ›

“I think I've always known that my sexuality exists on a spectrum,” Bush wrote in a cover story for Glamour magazine. Actor Sophia Bush came out as queer in an emotional essay in Glamour and confirmed she's in a relationship with retired U.S. Women's National Team soccer player Ashlyn Harris.

How did Sophia Bush and Ashlyn Harris get together? ›

Per People, an insider revealed that “there is no salacious story” when it comes to the timing of Sophia and Ashlyn's new romance. “After being friends for years and running in the same social circles, Sophia and Ashlyn went out on their first dinner date a couple of weeks ago,” the source said.

Who is Sophia Bush involved with? ›

Ashlyn Harris

Who did Sophia Bush date after Chad? ›

in April 2005. After their split the following year, the John Tucker Must Die actress went on to date fellow OTH castmates James Lafferty and Austin Nichols before kicking off a romance with former Chicago P.D. costar Jesse Lee Soffer. It seemed Bush found her forever person when meeting Grant Hughes.

When did Ashlyn and Sophia start dating? ›

News of Bush and Harris' relationship started to circulate in October 2023, with a source telling ET at the time, "Sophia and Ashlyn are dating and are into each other."

When did Ashlyn and Ali start dating? ›

Krieger and Harris, who played together for the Orlando Pride and NJ/NY Gotham FC, began dating in 2010 and married in 2019.

What is Sophia Bush most known for? ›

Sophia got her big break when One Tree Hill (2003) developed a loyal following and became her steady gig. The show ran for nine seasons.

How is Sophia Bush related to the president? ›

Is Sophia Bush related to the President Bush? Contrary to rumors, she has no familial relation to George Walker Bush, the 43rd President of the United States. She gained prominence for her portrayals of Brooke Davis in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill (2003–2012) and Det.

How is Sophia Bush an activist? ›

Since taking to social media to share her passion for change, Bush has inspired young people to join her in raising nearly half a million dollars for charity, built three primary schools in Guatemala and Laos, and now serves as a global ambassador for Glamour's The Girl Project.

Who all has Sophia Bush married? ›

Bush married Grant Hughes in 2022 after a decade of friendship. She filed for divorce just over a year later in August 2023, and was subsequently romantically linked to Harris.

When did Chad propose to Sophia? ›

In May 2004, Murray became engaged to his One Tree Hill co-star Sophia Bush, and they married on April 16, 2005, in Santa Monica, California. They announced their separation in September 2005. In February 2006, Bush filed for an annulment, citing fraud.

How many kids does Chad Michael Murray have? ›

Murray and his wife Sarah Roemer, who co-starred on the TV show "Chosen," have three children together. The pair haven't publicly disclosed any of their names, but occasionally share photos of their kids on social media.

What age did Sophia Bush get married? ›

The actors dated for two years before they got married in 2005, when he was 23 and she was 22 — and they got divorced later that same year. In early 2006, Bush filed for an annulment, citing fraud, but her request was denied.

Where did Sophia get married? ›

So where did Sofia Richie get married to Elliot Grainge? The answer is of course, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France.

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