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Bisexual I'm A Celebrity star Maria Thattil reveals she was 'outed' on a dating app


I’m A Celebrity.. Get Me Out Of Here! star Maria Thattil made headlines this week after she came out as bisexual. 

But the Miss Universe Australia winner, 28, hasn’t always felt comfortable with revealing her sexuality to the world. 

Speaking to Who Magazine on Thursday, Maria recalled a heart-stopping incident where a friend stumbled upon her online dating profile, which specified that she was open to dating both men and women. 

'I freaked out': Bisexual I'm A Celebrity star Maria Thattil, 28, (pictured) has recalled the heart-stopping moments he was 'outed' on a dating app after a friend noticed she'd 'set her preferences to men and women'

‘I freaked out’: Bisexual I’m A Celebrity star Maria Thattil, 28, (pictured) has recalled the heart-stopping moments he was ‘outed’ on a dating app after a friend noticed she’d ‘set her preferences to men and women’

Maria hadn’t yet found the courage to come out about her sexuality, and was terrified that her secret would be exposed.  

‘I have dating apps and when I set my preferences to be both male and female, I got a message from a friend saying, ‘Someone just sent me a screenshot from your account and we think there is someone out there pretending to be you and catfishing people’,’ she recalled.  

‘Then I freaked out and changed it back to just being to men,’ she confessed. 

Sexuality: 'I have dating apps and when I set my preferences to be both male and female, I got a message from a friend saying, 'Someone just sent me a screenshot from your account and we think there is someone out there pretending to be you and catfishing people',' she told Thursday's Who magazine

Sexuality: ‘I have dating apps and when I set my preferences to be both male and female, I got a message from a friend saying, ‘Someone just sent me a screenshot from your account and we think there is someone out there pretending to be you and catfishing people’,’ she told Thursday’s Who magazine 

'I was worried about who had seen': Maria also recalled a recent incident where she'd kissed a woman at a party, but fled soon afterwards

‘I was worried about who had seen’: Maria also recalled a recent incident where she’d kissed a woman at a party, but fled soon afterwards

Maria also recalled a recent incident where she’d kissed a woman at a party, but fled soon afterwards. 

‘Even a couple of months ago, I kissed a girl I met at a party and ended up leaving soon afterward, as I was worried about who had seen. It was exhausting,’ she said.   

The brunette came out as bisexual in an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, admitting she’d kept her sexuality hidden because there were ‘many homophobic sentiments in her school around being a lesbian’. 
Coming out: The brunette came out as bisexual in an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, admitting she'd kept her sexuality hidden because there were 'many homophobic sentiments in her school around being a lesbian'

Coming out: The brunette came out as bisexual in an interview with The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, admitting she’d kept her sexuality hidden because there were ‘many homophobic sentiments in her school around being a lesbian’  

‘It is something I have felt for a very long time,’ she told the publication.  

‘I grew up having crushes on girls in school and just completely invalidated it because of religion and also because there were many homophobic sentiments in my school around being a lesbian, around anything other than heteronormativity.’

She added: ‘You don’t have a lot of bisexual visibility in popular culture and so you don’t understand what it is.’

Hidden identity: 'I grew up having crushes on girls in school and just completely invalidated it because of religion and also because there were many homophobic sentiments in my school around being a lesbian, around anything other than heteronormativity,' she said

Hidden identity: ‘I grew up having crushes on girls in school and just completely invalidated it because of religion and also because there were many homophobic sentiments in my school around being a lesbian, around anything other than heteronormativity,’ she said

It comes as Maria has been enjoying a blossoming romance with Joey Essex on I’m a Celebrity.

During Sunday night’s episode, the current Miss Universe Australia and the British reality star’s bond continued to grow after they exchanged a flirty conversation in the ‘jungle’.

The pair were relaxing at camp when Maria revealed the qualities she looks for in a partner – and it wasn’t long before they were connecting on a deeper level, hand in hand.

Growing strong: It comes as Maria has been enjoying a blossoming romance with Joey Essex on I'm a Celebrity. During Sunday night's episode, Maria and Joey took their relationship to the next level

Growing strong: It comes as Maria has been enjoying a blossoming romance with Joey Essex on I’m a Celebrity. During Sunday night’s episode, Maria and Joey took their relationship to the next level

‘I like people who are adventurous, creative and open,’ she said, as Olympic swimmer Emily Seebohm and ‘fake influencer’ David Subritzky looked on.

‘I’ve pretty much got all them things.  If there was a piece of paper with a load of boxes, I reckon every one would be ticked,’ Joey, 31, responded.

He then told the cameras: ‘It’s nice to have someone in here who I can talk to, who I can be with in a friendly way but at the same time, something is there.’

Maria also agreed, admitting the pair ‘really hit it off’ and are ‘having great conversation’.

‘I think we’ve hit it off really, really well, we’re having great conversation. It’s really lovely. He is very charming,’ she added. 

Flirty exchange: The pair were relaxing at camp when Maria revealed the qualities she looks for in a partner. 'I've pretty much got all them things. If there was a piece of paper with a load of boxes, I reckon every one would be ticked,' Joey responded

Flirty exchange: The pair were relaxing at camp when Maria revealed the qualities she looks for in a partner. ‘I’ve pretty much got all them things. If there was a piece of paper with a load of boxes, I reckon every one would be ticked,’ Joey responded

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