Bella Thorne may have dated both men and women in the past, but she admitted she only recently realised she is actually pansexual.
The actor told Good Morning America that while she came out as bisexual in 2016, she now realises that she’s actually attracted to ‘beings’ and personalities rather than certain genders.
She explained: ‘I’m actually a pansexual, and I didn’t know that. Somebody explained to me really thoroughly what that is. You like beings, you like what you like.
‘Doesn’t have to be a girl, or a guy, or … you know, a he, a she, a they, or this or that. It’s literally, you like personality, like you just like a being.’
She added: ‘It doesn’t really matter what’s going on, over there. If I just like it, I like it!’
Bella has previously dated YouTuber Tana Mongeau at the same time as singer Mod Sun, but split with them both earlier in the year and is now dating Italian singer Benjamin Mascolo.
Bella’s not the first high-profile star to reveal they don’t prefer a specific gender – Miley Cyrus has famously spoken out about gender not mattering in her choice of partner, as well as Kesha, Janelle Monae and Sia among others.
Bella may still only be 21, but it’s safe to say she has more life experience than most people twice her age, having begun her career as a child star.
She’s releasing a no holds barred book about her struggles with self-acceptance, bullying, dyslexia and sexual abuse, entitled Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray.
She previously revealed that she suffered sexual and physical abuse from the age of six until 14 and believes she was suffering from Stockholm Syndrome – where a victim starts to sympathise with their abuser.
Bella admitted: ‘[It was] definitely Stockholm Syndrome. I mean, when you’re raised with someone and you don’t know that it’s wrong, it’s just very, like, an everyday occurrence.
‘I think that you have anger towards society in general. And our society clearly… this is something that is literally happening at everyone’s doorstep. And still, nothing is ever done about it.
‘We don’t look at it as a main problem, but it is, because it is shaping our society. It is shaping our girls to be different girls than what they were supposed to be.’
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