This Idiom "Coming Out Of the Closet"

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Jul 21, 2011 20:57
I’m subscribed to email updates written in English from a site about life.
When I was reading one of the emails the other day, I found a puzzling sentence.
It was talking about when the writer’s husband had told her about her smoking. (Did I write too many “about” in this sentence?)

“He calmly told me, Tess, the way I see it, you have two choices: you can either quit or come out of the closet.”
“Coming out of the closet” puzzled me.
At first, it seemed to me that coming out of the closet meant getting out of the bad habit.
However, if so, it doesn’t make any sense, because both quitting smoking and getting out of the bad habit are the same meaning.
So, I looked the idiom up in a dictionary.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, “come out of the closet” means “to admit to your family, friends or the public, after a period of secrecy, that you are homosexual.”
I knew about “coming out” meant to admit in a public that you were homosexual.
In this case, I think that “coming out of the closet” meant that she admitted to her smoking without hiding from her children.
By the way, when you hear someone say, “She admitted her smoking,” does it sound like she forgave herself for smoking?