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Jun 18 2020

Boyculture-Raven-Symone-Married-03Love the earring, the white jumpsuit and the wandering hand! (Image via Instagram)

Raven-Symoné, 34, has announced she recently married her partner Miranda Maday!

The Cosby Show and That's So Raven and Cheetah Girls (and let's face it, Raven has done a lot) alum posted on Instagram:

I got married to a woman who understands me from trigger to joy, from breakfast to midnight snack, from stage to home. I love you Mrs. Pearman-Maday!

And for extra credit, she closed with:

Let’s tear this world a new asshole!!!

Matthew-rettenmund-raven-boycultureI was in L.A. and took a cab to Santa Monica, I believe, to meet Raven at a signing and say hello. It was crazy! She was always nice, and my mag used to give her covers, whereas many others wouldn't. (Image via Matthew Rettenmund)

I knew Raven after she knew she was a lesbian, but before she was out. As the EIC of a teen-entertainment magazine, we covered her Disney Channel show and I interviewed her a couple of times, as well as ordering several shoots of her. My staff and I knew something was bothering Raven even back then. I recall (and I have the recording somewhere) a phoner with Raven in which I asked her what she'd been like in high school, and about boys, and she honestly raised her voice to such a tiny whisper ... it was like she was contemplating just saying, “It wasn't like that, Mr. Editor,” but instead just skirted the issue. I've always felt bad about interviewing kids when it came to crushes and the like, because it was mandatory for what our readers wanted, but there was always that danger that we were freaking them out in unnecessary ways, so we would tread as lightly as possible.

I'm proud of Raven. She was always very nice, and she had a lot to deal with, including her dad and probably others harping on her weight, all a part of her image and brand, which she discussed in the It Got Better docuseries:

Being on television sets from age 3 till age 30, I’m more comfortable there. I know what lines I’m supposed to say. Somebody else picks my clothes for me. I have makeup done. I have hair done. And you create a family with these people that sometimes are closer to you than your own family … I was branded at such a young age ... I kind of pushed myself to open myself up to look for boys ... I never thought I would come out because my personal life didn’t matter. It was only what was supposed to be sold as the Raven-Symoné brand.

I also remember when she was briefly supposed to be roommates with Lindsay Lohan, who would later also ID as queer (though I don't think she stuck with that), and that Lindsay never moved in, a big disappointment for Raven, and all communicated stealthily so teen mags wouldn't pry.

I'm so happy for Raven!