Rafael de la Fuente Gay or Straight in Real Life? Girlfriend or Partner? Oh man! Please tell us Rafael de la Fuente is not going to be typecast as the gay lover on the side. He played one on Empire (we still think he still the best boyfriend of the Jussie Smollett character). And he’s playing one again on the reboot of Dynasty on The CW. At least he is a regular cast member this time so they won’t just cut our Rafael off the show like they did on Empire.