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Maria Thattil says she feels 'light and free' after coming out as bisexual


Maria Thattil says she had to fight ‘internalised shame’ but feels ‘light and free’ after coming out as bisexual – as she prepares to headline Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras


Maria Thattil recently came out as bisexual. 

And the Miss Universe Australia winner says that she let go of a lot of shame after making the confession. 

‘I feel happy… the best way to describe it is I feel light and free,’ the 29-year-old told The Daily Telegraph on Friday. 

Free: Maria Thattil (pictured) recently came out as bisexual. And the Miss Universe Australia winner says that she let go of a lot of shame after making the confession

Free: Maria Thattil (pictured) recently came out as bisexual. And the Miss Universe Australia winner says that she let go of a lot of shame after making the confession

‘I carried a lot of internalised shame; I was worried people would find out and I was worried what they were going to say,’ she continued. 

‘So in coming out, it is a wonderful thing to be able to say I am living my life with pride as opposed to living with shame. That shame has gone.’

The model is set to headline Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on March 5th, after coming out as bisexual on an episode of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 

'I feel happy… the best way to describe it is I feel light and free,' the 29-year-old told The Daily Telegraph on Friday

‘I feel happy… the best way to describe it is I feel light and free,’ the 29-year-old told The Daily Telegraph on Friday

The beauty queen also spoke about her sexuality on Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield. 

‘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.

She added that some people are skeptical about bisexuality and ask for a sexual or emotional résumé when a person comes out.

'I carried a lot of internalised shame; I was worried people would find out and I was worried what they were going to say,' she added

‘I carried a lot of internalised shame; I was worried people would find out and I was worried what they were going to say,’ she added

‘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. 

The beauty queen previously said she’d kept her sexuality hidden because there were ‘many homophobic sentiments in my school around being a lesbian’. 

Maria struck up a romance with British reality star Joey Essex, 31, while they were appearing on I’m a Celebrity last month.  

Romance: Maria struck up a romance with British reality star Joey Essex (left) while they were appearing on I'm a Celebrity last month

Romance: Maria struck up a romance with British reality star Joey Essex (left) while they were appearing on I’m a Celebrity last month 

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