In a world first, this year’s The Bachelorette will feature both male and female contestants as openly bisexual Brooke Blurton looks to find love.
And after Channel 10 announced that the 26-year-old would front the show on Thursday, the proud Noongar-Yamatji woman has now opened up about her sexuality and how it’ll all work.
Speaking to WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda, Brooke explained that she is expecting criticism, but hopes the progressive direction of the show will challenge prejudice and start conversations.
Brooke on her sexuality and how she personally identifies:
‘There are obviously labels and terms that you can use, whether you identify as bisexual or pansexual, but I’ve never really put a label to it – but it makes it easier for people to understand that I like more than one gender. Bisexuality is two genders, so if it helps people for them to affiliate that with me, that’s fine. But at the end of the day, I’m just Brooke. I was honest about who I am throughout The Bachelor and Bachelor In Paradise. I’m not about to change – and I’m so excited for this opportunity to shake it up a bit.’
Brooke on how this year’s season of The Bachelorette will work:
‘It’s being cast with male and female contestants. I’m equally attracted to both men and women. If I’m in a relationship with a female, I still identify as being bisexual – and if I’m in a relationship with a male, I still identify as being bisexual … I think sexuality is so fluid. If I’m in a committed relationship, I’m just committed to that person and I love that person. I’m so rose-coloured glasses and that’s my person. Love comes in all forms, and I think this season you’re going to see that and I think it’s going to be really beautiful.’
Brooke on the backlash she expects from same-sex dates:
‘I know that I’m going to have critics, I know that there’s going to be trolling, but I’m ready for it and don’t care. I won’t let it change me and who I am. If people feel uncomfortable about two girls kissing, I think that it’s time for them to reflect why that makes them uncomfortable? Times are progressive, times have changed and there will be a small population of people that will be conservative.’
In an official press release, Brooke also said this about the show:
‘I am so ready for this. I’ve done it twice before and now, having the opportunity to choose my person and who I want in my life, is a truly unique and special experience. My perfect person is someone that loves me for me. I hope they offer shared values and compassion for others. All the dreamy things! I’m so excited and hope that I finally find that person I’ve been waiting for.’