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Maria Thattil 'no longer scared' of dating women in public after coming out as bisexual


Maria Thattil reveals she’s ‘no longer scared’ of dating women in public – three months after coming out as bisexual: ‘I don’t care anymore’

Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil came out as bisexual in January.

And on Thursday, the 29-year-old revealed she’s no longer scared of dating women in public, after previously admitting she was worried how it might be perceived. 

Speaking to Who Magazine, Maria said: ‘I’m no longer scared of the narrative being taken out of my hands.

Speaking out: On Thursday, Maria Thattil proudly revealed she's no longer scared of dating women in public, after previously admitting she was worried how others would perceive it

Speaking out: On Thursday, Maria Thattil proudly revealed she’s no longer scared of dating women in public, after previously admitting she was worried how others would perceive it

‘I’ve been dating casually for about a year, some men and some women, and I don’t care anymore who sees or what they say.’

In the same interview, Maria, who is a second-generation Australian born to Indian immigrants, also discussed her passion for activism which has stemmed from her ‘lived experiences’.

‘I’ll always be brown and queer,’ she said. ‘Activism isn’t about a hashtag, it’s about showing up for what you believe in every day.’

Her view: Speaking to Who Magazine, Maria said: 'I'm no longer scared of the narrative being taken out of my hands. I've been dating casually for about a year, some men and some women, and I don't care anymore who sees or what they say'

Her view: Speaking to Who Magazine, Maria said: ‘I’m no longer scared of the narrative being taken out of my hands. I’ve been dating casually for about a year, some men and some women, and I don’t care anymore who sees or what they say’

Maria came out as bisexual earlier this year, following her stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

She said at the time she 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,’ Maria told The Daily Telegraph.

Opening up: Maria came out as bisexual earlier this year. She said at the time she kept her sexuality hidden because there were 'many homophobic sentiments in her school around being a lesbian'

Opening up: Maria came out as bisexual earlier this year. She said at the time she kept her sexuality hidden because there were ‘many homophobic sentiments in her school around being a lesbian’ 

‘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.’

Later that month, she also spoke about her sexuality on Abbie Chatfield’s Hot Nights radio show.

‘I haven’t had the same sexual and emotional relationships with men and women, but it’s something you inherently know in yourself,’ Maria said.

Maria said her sexuality is just something she knows in herself.

Candid: 'I haven't had the same sexual and emotional relationships with men and women, but it's something you inherently know in yourself,' she said on Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield

Candid: ‘I haven’t had the same sexual and emotional relationships with men and women, but it’s something you inherently know in yourself,’ she said on Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield

She added that some people are sceptical about bisexuality and ask for your sexual or emotional résumé when you come out.

‘They say, “But would you sleep with a woman?” and I say, “Do you want a play-by-play? Do you want to know what went down?”‘ she said. 

Radio host Chatfield then admitted she also felt pressure to say ‘how many’ women she’d slept with after coming out as bisexual herself.

‘It’s about attraction; it isn’t about tangible experiences,’ Abbie said, adding: ‘It’s about how you feel about the genders.’

Maria said she hopes society gets to a place where people can move past labels and no one has to come out anymore.

'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. Pictured on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

‘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. Pictured on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 

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