Actress Stacey Dash's conservative political views have become such a source of contention in her family that she no longer speaks to her cousin, music mogul Damon Dash, and her brother.

The Clueless star has often sparked media firestorms over her support of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and negative remarks she has made about U.S. President Barack Obama's administration.

Now she explains her views have caused a rift in her family, telling Edit magazine, "My family and I have not spoken. My cousin Damon and my brother were role models to me because they were great capitalists. Now we're not really talking because they were the ones who told me to keep my mouth shut. They felt that I should do certain things because I'm black. Certain friends don't speak to me any more either.

"But you know what? In the street I get (approached by) so many people of every colour saying: 'Thank you so much for standing up and being so brave'.

"I thought it was time to have a black president and that it would unite us in such a profound way. But, as a country, I don't think we've been so divided since the civil rights movement. I mean, isn't it extraordinary that we are even discussing race in 2014?"