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    Playboy Club's Amber Heard: Has Girlfriend, but Don't Call Her a Lesbian

    Amber Heard John Russo/NBC

    You may have heard a few months ago that the gorgeous Amber Heard came out of the closet as a lesbian.

    While it's true the star of NBC's upcoming The Playboy Club has been in a relationship with a woman for three years, she'd like to clear something up.

    Take it away, Ms. Heard...

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    "First of all, to say I came out implies that I was once in," she says in the new issue of Playboy magazine. "Let me be straight about that—no pun intended [laughs]—I never came out from anywhere."

    Heard says she's never tried to hide anything.

    "It didn't really affect anything in my career," she says. "I don't think the producers and directors I've worked with care one way or another...I don't want to be labeled as one thing or another. In the past I've had successful relationships with men, and now I'm in this successful relationship with a woman. When it comes to love I am totally open. I don't want to be put into a category, as in 'I'm this' or 'I'm that.'"

    Heard has been dating artist Tasya van Ree since 2008. In December, she gushed about van Ree to AfterEllen.com. "She's so beautiful," she said. "I mean, you'd have to be crazy not to want to go out with her!"

    However, it doesn't sound like they'll be getting hitched anytime soon. When asked about gay marriage, she told Playboy, "It's an important issue and I'm fighting for the right to get married—for other people."

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