Miss Universe Australia’s Maria Thattil comes out as bisexual

Miss Universe Australia’s Maria Thattil comes out as bisexual… as she enjoys a blossoming romance with Joey Essex on I’m a Celebrity

Miss Universe Australia’s Maria Thattil has come out as bisexual.

The 28-year-old model said 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.

‘I have felt it for a very long time’: Miss Universe Australia’s Maria Thattil (pictured) has come out as bisexual

‘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.’

It comes as Maria has been enjoying a blossoming romance with Joey Essex on I’m a Celebrity.

During Sunday night’s episode, the current Miss Universe Australia and the British reality star’s bond continued to grow after they exchanged a flirty conversation in the ‘jungle’.

'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

‘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

The pair were relaxing at camp when Maria revealed the qualities she looks for in a partner – and it wasn’t long before they were connecting on a deeper level, hand in hand.

‘I like people who are adventurous, creative and open,’ she said, as Olympic swimmer Emily Seebohm and ‘fake influencer’ David Subritzky looked on.

‘I’ve pretty much got all them things.  If there was a piece of paper with a load of boxes, I reckon every one would be ticked,’ Joey, 31, responded.

Growing strong: It comes as Maria has been enjoying a blossoming romance with Joey Essex on I'm a Celebrity. During Sunday night's episode, Maria and Joey took their relationship to the next level

Growing strong: It comes as Maria has been enjoying a blossoming romance with Joey Essex on I’m a Celebrity. During Sunday night’s episode, Maria and Joey took their relationship to the next level

He then told the cameras: ‘It’s nice to have someone in here who I can talk to, who I can be with in a friendly way but at the same time, something is there.’

Maria also agreed, admitting the pair ‘really hit it off’ and are ‘having great conversation’.

‘I think we’ve hit it off really, really well, we’re having great conversation. It’s really lovely. He is very charming,’ she added.

The pair’s bond has gone from strength to strength since Joey entered the series as an intruder.

Flirty exchange: The pair were relaxing at camp when Maria revealed the qualities she looks for in a partner. 'I've pretty much got all them things. If there was a piece of paper with a load of boxes, I reckon every one would be ticked,' Joey responded

Flirty exchange: The pair were relaxing at camp when Maria revealed the qualities she looks for in a partner. ‘I’ve pretty much got all them things. If there was a piece of paper with a load of boxes, I reckon every one would be ticked,’ Joey responded

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