"I went on vacation with a female friend; the next thing I knew, I was in love with her."
Who could forget those eventful few weeks in July when Miley Cyrus announced her split from Liam Hemsworth, flew to Italy, then took up with her friend Kaitlynn Carter – who herself had recently split from her own husband, Brody Jenner.
The couple continued to date for a few weeks after returning from their European getaway, breaking up in September.
Kaitlynn has been silent about her headline-dominating summer romance – until now. In a personal essay written for Elle, she shared some details about her brief relationship with Miley, and how it changed the way she sees her sexuality.
“This past July, I went on vacation with a female friend; the next thing I knew, I was in love with her,” she wrote. “It wasn’t quite that simple, of course. But it also wasn’t very complicated, either.”
Kaitlynn said that she and Miley travelled to Europe as friends to try to “move past” their respective breakups – but it quickly emerged that they were drawn to each other romantically.
Until that trip, it had never crossed my mind that I was even capable of loving a woman the way I loved her… It was that same familiar force of nature; I didn’t have to think about a thing or overanalyse. It just happened. and it felt exactly right.
She’s unwilling to label her sexuality, and is unsure what this experience means for her in the future: “I’m still exploring and figuring it out.”
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morning! I wrote an op-ed for @ELLEusa on the topic of labels as they relate to sexuality, as well as how we should reflect on what we learn from all of our relationships so we can continue to evolve into, and better understand, the most authentic versions of ourselves. you can read it at the link in my bio and I’d love to hear your thoughts below. 💕
“I still don’t feel like I’m in a place to label my sexuality one way or another, but I’m okay with that,” she said. “It’s been interesting to watch friends and strangers alike assume I’ll automatically revert to being attracted to men, as if they’re more familiar with my sexuality than I am.”
Kaitlynn described her relationship with Miley as a “profound journey of self-discovery” that, though short, opened her eyes to an “unexplored part” of herself: “For the first time, I listened to myself, forgot about the ‘norm’, and lived.”
Judging from this essay, she’s definitely got an Eat Pray Love-style bestseller in her. Best of luck on your #journey, Kaitlynn.