Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter didn’t date for all too long. In fact, their whirlwind romance appeared to be more of a fling than anything too serious as the pair had both just gone through marriage breakdowns.
Of course you’ll remember that Miley and Kaitlynn were first caught together while holidaying in Italy in early August after Miley’s marriage to Liam Hemsworth and Kaitlynn’s marriage to Brody Jenner had both ended.
But it turns out that things were much more serious than we first thought! Kaitlynn has opened up the relationship for the first time in a candid essay for Elle, published on Monday.
In the essay, she admitted that she was “in love” with Miley.
“This past July, I went on vacation with a female friend; the next thing I knew, I was in love with her,” Kaitlynn wrote in the piece. While she didn’t name Miley specifically, it was pretty obvious who she was talking about.
“Until that trip, it had never crossed my mind that I was even capable of loving a woman the way I loved her. But after reflecting on my romantic history, I realized that I’ve never really had a ‘type.'”
Kaitlynn went on to say that her “first and only relationship with a woman” came as both women were “trying to move past our respective breakups”.
“I fell just as hard for her as I had the older man so many years before,” she continued. “It was that same familiar force of nature; I didn’t have to think about a thing or overanalyze. It just happened and it felt exactly right.
“Reflecting back on our three-year friendship, I realized I’d always been drawn to her in a way I wasn’t with other friends, but until that trip it had never crossed my mind to think of her in a romantic sense.”
While things didn’t work out between Cyrus and Carter, and with Miley having already moved on with her relationship with Cody Simpson, Kaitlynn said that she was “eternally grateful” to the relationship for “opening my eyes to this unexplored part” of herself.
“I’ve been forced to get to know myself in a far deeper way than ever before, and not just in terms of my sexual preferences,” she continued. “I’ve also been forced to reckon with who I am as a person.”
“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 added.
“It’s something I’m still exploring and figuring out. 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. Even I don’t entirely understand what my experience this summer means for me going forward—and it’s my experience.”
You can read Kaitlynn Carter’s full essay titled ‘Her Summer of Self-Discovery’ here.