Krisily Kennedy, reality star from favorite shows like “The Bachelor” and, most recently, “Bachelor Pad,” has come out as bisexual. She made the announcement this past Friday at the GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles, according to Life & Style.
Kennedy says she began dating women three years ago. Since then, she’s had a long-term relationship with another woman, which recently ended.
The reality star joins the ranks of a growing list of bi-curious celebs, including more well-known names like Anna Paquin, Drew Barrymore, Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga, Evan Rachel Wood, Amy Winehouse, Megan Mullally, Drea de Matteo, Tila Tequila, and Jenna Jameson.
With the topic of whether or not bisexuality actually exists, with people weighing in on both sides of the rainbow, a celebrity’s coming out as a switch hitter may seem like an attempt to garner publicity. However, a new study reveals that women’s sexual preferences tend to be a gray area according to research done at Boise State University. They found that in a group of heterosexual women, 60 percent were physically interested in other women, 45 percent made out with a woman in the past, and 50 percent had fantasies about the same sex.
But fully fledged lady lovers haven’t won Kennedy over to their side entirely yet. “I’m completely open to still dating men,” says Kennedy. “For me, this is all very new, and I was very lucky to have had my friends and family behind me.”
Similar studies to the one quoted above have shown that a woman’s desire to find someone, anyone, with whom they would like to settle down, is a strong reason why more females are likely to come out as bisexual than men. As Kennedy says, “I want to fall in love with anyone and I don’t care who they are. I just want love. I want long-term commitment. I really want those things and if people open their hearts to it, you can find that with anyone.”
Kennedy would like to use the celebrity she’s gained to contribute to the growing cause to end bullying and suicide among school-aged kids. She hopes to join GLSEN to help promote their mission of ensuring safe environments for all students.