Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield has spoken out about her decision to no longer label herself as bisexual.
The 25-year-old confirmed on Thursday that she now identifies as queer in a short video shared on her Instagram page.
And Tuesday, Abbie shared an in-depth discussion of the topic on her podcast It is much – affirming that she is now more at ease than ever after her ‘revelation’ of sexuality.
Speaking: On Tuesday, Abbie shared an in-depth discussion of her decision on her podcast It’s A Lot – confirming that she previously felt ‘pressure’ to be labeled bisexual
“The biggest reason is … when I say I’m bi – because I know I’m not straight – I feel pressure to like women and men equally,” she said.
‘I know that’s not what bisexual is. But internally I feel pressure. And instead of changing societal norms, I’d rather not be at the forefront for once, and just change what I call myself! ‘
While bisexuality is characterized by not being exclusively sexually attracted to people of a particular gender, queer is more of an umbrella term for a broad spectrum of sexual orientations and genders.
While the term has a number of interpretations, those who identify as queer may find other labels too restrictive or feel that they don’t apply to it.
Revelation: “The biggest reason is; when i say i’m bi because i know i’m not straight – i feel like there’s pressure on me to like women and men equally, ‘she said
Abbie said her degree of attraction to men and women “ changes weekly, ” adding, “ My sexuality is fluid, which is why I feel more comfortable saying I’m just queer. ”
She said her decision is anything but “double erasing,” which is to ignore, explain away, or otherwise reject bisexuality in the culture.
“If you think it’s double erasing – it isn’t,” she added. ‘If you want to say I’m bi, say I’m bi! I’m still figuring it out, but it feels more comfortable saying the umbrella term queer than putting myself in a category. ‘
Abbie shared images of herself on Thursday confirming her decision.
“Make an announcement that I’m no longer going to be” bisexual. ” I’m “queer” now, “she said in a short video.
Announcement: Abbie revealed on Thursday that she no longer uses the term ‘bisexual’ in a video shared on her Instagram page
Vote: She then asked her Instagram followers if they wanted her to discuss her sexuality on her next It’s A Lot podcast, 94 percent of which said they would in a poll
The winner of I’m a Celebrity added: ‘I had a revelation over the weekend, so let you all know. I guess it doesn’t mean that much tangible, but you know.
“You can call me bisexual if you want, but just let me know that I’m so evolved, love you.”
She signed off by asking her followers if they would like her to discuss her sexuality with her It is much podcast, of which 94 percent said they would in a poll.
Abbie, who recently released her first sex toy with Vush, announced she was bisexual in July last year, just hours after her elimination from Bachelor in Paradise.
After a botched romance with Ciarran Stott on Channel 10’s dating show, Abbie wrote on Instagram: ‘FYI I’m bi so …’
Comes Out: Abbie, who recently released her first sex toy with Vush, announced she was bisexual last July, just hours after her elimination from Bachelor in Paradise
She urged interested women to send her a direct message on Instagram, complaining that only men seem to hit her.
‘Women pls me too?’ she wrote.
Abbie said at the time that after Bachelor in Paradise she lost interest in men, but confessed that she was still “ single and very horny. ”
Looking for Love: Abbie said she wasn’t interested in men after Bachelor in Paradise at the time, but confessed she was still ‘single and very horny’