Geordie Shore‘s Marnie Simpson has been posting a string of photos with rumoured new girlfriend Natalie Phillips, after coming out as bisexual this week.
Speaking after the initial revelation, Marnie said she’d been attracted to girls since the age of 19, but had felt pressured to stay quiet about her identity.
‘I feel it’s empowering to say it myself. I think it could help other girls as well’ she said.
‘Me being honest about my sexuality might make others want to be as well.’
Recently there’s been a whole host of celebs and social media stars who’ve opened up to the public about being gay or bisexual, as well as a general dismantling of the boundaries of ‘gender’, as Caitlyn Jenner talks about her transitioning, and Jaden Smith modelling female clothes for Louis Vuitton. And to all this gender fluidity, we say hurrah!
Here’s our pick of 7 other inspiring female stars, who’ve been honest about their own sexual orientation and, in the process, have helped to open up a discussion around being gay or bi.
Brit songstress Jess revealed back in May 2015 that she was heartbroken after being dumped by a girl: ‘It was the first girl I’d ever fallen in love with. I’ve never said that to anyone. It was a relationship that was so new to me. Someone I met working,’ she told ES magazine. ‘I don’t know what I want now – to be with a guy, with a girl, be with anyone. I’m so content with just doing this and seeing where it all takes me.’
Former Disney star Demi is open about experimenting with girls and boys (we think). Back when she appeared on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show, he read out a song lyric of hers which was about ‘taking a bite of the cherry’ (ooh), but Demi only said: ‘I am not confirming and I’m definitely not denying…alll of my songs are based off of personal experiences. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with experimentation at all.’ That’s inclusive enough for us, Demi.
Miley confirmed a relationship with VS model Stella Maxwell last summer, posting photos of the pair kissing inbetween takes for her music vid. Although the two have since broken up, Miley’s become known as an advocate for gay and minority rights, and frequently preaches tolerance and love on her social media pages.
Last year, Cara started talking openly about her relationship witth model St Vincent, and how she’d previously struggled with her bisexual identity. ‘I think that being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I’m feeling so happy with who I am these days. And for those words to come out of my mouth is actually a miracle.’ Glad to hear it Cara.
Back in August 2015, Kirsten addressed the speculation around her bisexuality, as she started dating a woman. ‘If you feel like you really want to define yourself, and you have the ability to articulate those parameters and that in itself defines you, then do it,” she told Nylon. ‘I think in three or four years, there are going to be a whole lot more people who don’t think it’s necessary to figure out if you’re gay or straight. It’s like, just do your thing.” Kristen’s now dating singer, Stéphanie ‘Soko’ Sokolinski.
In Jan 2016, Hunger Games actress Amanda came out as bisexual in a series of Snapchat vids. ‘It’s a really, really hard thing to be silenced and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourselves into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in,’ she said. ‘As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I’ve been through it and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable’ Aww, well done Amanda.
Lily Rose Depp
2015 was the year of self-love and acceptance, so it seems, and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis’ teen daughter also made some brave revelations about her sexual orientation. Lily chose to take part in an LGBTQA photo shoot with friend iO Tillet Wright, who revealed she indentifies with the spectrum, which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Allied. ‘I’m so proud of my baby girl Lily Rose Depp. She decided she wanted to be in [the project] as she falls somewhere on the vast spectrum, and I couldn’t be happier to welcome her to the family.’
By Georgina Lawton