Bachelorette star Gabby Windey has come out as part of the LGBTQ+ community in a new interview.
The former Dancing With the Stars competitor, who first made waves on The Bachelor, revealed the exciting news during an appearance on The View.
“I always want to live my truth and my story, so I have been seeing someone for a couple of months, and I’ve been keeping it a little more private because it is a bigger story and a bigger conversation because I’m dating a girl,” she explained.
Windey went on to say that her queer sexuality was always “a whisper in her”.
However, that whisper got louder after she completed her run on The Bachelorette and Dancing With the Stars.
“I didn’t really know to pay attention to it. I think when this happens, there’s some shame obviously surrounding it, so I think I had to like a little bit navigate through the shame. Like, what is it? Where is it coming from?” she said.
“But ultimately, I always just want to kind of like do me, do what I want, figure it out later.”
When asked by Joy Behar if she’s only attracted to just girls, the reality star replied: “I think so. I think it’s just my girl. She’s the best.”
Towards the end of her interview, Windey gave insight into what inspired her to publicly come out on The View.
“People know me and have kind of related to me on the previous shows I’ve been on, and I really appreciate that,” she explained.
“Knowing how much people care, I just want to be honest. I don’t want to live and not be living my full truth. I don’t want to do that to myself. I don’t want to do it to my girlfriend.
“I don’t want to do it to other people who really care about me and feel like they know me.”
Shortly after appearing on The View, Windey took to her Instagram to upload a series of photos featuring her girlfriend of three months, Robby Hoffman.
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“Told you I’m a girls girl!!” she wrote in her caption.
In another post to her Instagram Story, the 32-year-old described her relationship with Hoffman as the “best experience”.
“I’ve been in a relationship [that] I feel like I’ve never had before. I wanted to tell you guys because I always just want to live my life honestly and have you all along with me,” she said.
Since coming out, fans have inundated Windey with congratulatory messages regarding her sexuality and relationship.
One person commented: “THIS IS INCREDIBLE. So happy for you.”
Another fan wrote: “I know that’s right sis!!! You betta find your happy.”
The Emmy winner also received support from her Bachelor Nation peers like Becca Tilley, who is currently dating pop star Hayley Kiyoko.
“We love a girls girl,” Tilley wrote, with Kiyoko adding: “Summer’s for the girls.”
Check out Windey’s full coming out statement below.