Stacy London, one of the former stars of the popular TLC reality series What Not to Wear, ended 2019 by revealing her first serious relationship with a woman.
On Tuesday, the 50-year-old fashion expert took to Instagram to introduce her followers to her girlfriend, musician Cat Yezbak. Stacy’s post included a screenshot of a tweet referring to Cat as her “hot butch girlfriend.” Stacy wrote that she wanted to address the rumors about her love life that had been “floating around” on social media — she confirmed that she’s been dating Cat for over a year.
Stacy’s post included a number of photos. In one of the snapshots, she was giving a smiling Cat a kiss on the cheek during a trip to the beach. Cat was sitting on her lap in another image. The happy lovebirds were also pictured posing in front of the Eiffel Tower and rocking cute color-coordinated Christmas ensembles.
Stacy revealed that this is her first “serious relationship with a woman.” She explained that she hadn’t mentioned her girlfriend on social media before now because she knew that people would make a big deal out of her being in a same-sex relationship. She said she was not a fan of “public relationships” to begin with, and she wanted to enjoy having some private time with Cat.
“But I would never hide her out of shame,” Stacy wrote.
She also seemed to suggest that she didn’t want to flaunt her relationship with Cat out of respect for other members of the LGBTQIAP community. She acknowledged the privilege that she enjoys as a successful woman with a strong support system and pointed out that others aren’t as lucky as she is.
“Unlike me, there are countless people in the LGBTQIAP community who have had no choice in who they are, no love from family on which to lean, no support from anyone anywhere,” Stacy wrote.
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NOT THAT IT’S ANY OF YOUR BUSINESS BUT… I may as well address all the stuff I hear floating around out there. 2019 has been a crazy year for lots of reasons. This 1st year of coping with grief and a lot of unforeseen health issues was, at times, such a truly dark place to be. But as with most of life, there has been such incredible joy as well and the person most responsible for that is @catyezbak, who is my girlfriend and has been for over a year. Some of you may have guessed that already. All my friends and family know her well. I haven’t paraded her around on social media for several reasons: 1) I’ve had public relationships before and I don’t love that. But I want to be clear here that with Cat I felt I owed us the chance to be private since this is my first serious relationship with a woman and I’m sure there will be some hoo ha about that. But I would never hide her out of shame. 2.) It’s really easy for me, a privileged white woman who is 50, to suddenly say “I’m dating a woman” with very few repercussions and I am well aware of that. Unlike me, there are countless people in the LGBTQIAP community who have had no choice in who they are, no love from family on which to lean, no support from anyone anywhere. I fell in love, truly in love, with this beautiful, sexy, kind soul and I won’t apologize for that but I stand on the shoulders of a community that fought like hell for me to be able to do that openly and proudly and EASILY. It’s one thing to SAY Love is Love. It’s another thing to say Love is Passion and Devotion and Sex and mean it without shame or prejudice when talking about the same sex. So I used to date men. Now I date her. That’s it. That’s all I have to say. Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I am wishing you the best of everything this coming year. Bring it 2020. Let’s go. (AND ALSO: any awful comments will be deleted immediately. My account will not tolerate hate of any kind.)
Stacy’s post included plenty of words of praise for Cat. She described her girlfriend as a “beautiful, sexy, kind soul.” She wrote that she fell “truly in love” with her. She also revealed that Cat helped her endure a rough 2019. Stacy mentioned that she spent the year “coping with grief” and struggling with “unforeseen health issues.” According to Refinery 29, Stacy lost her beloved father in 2018, and she underwent spine surgery in 2016. It’s unclear if the health issues she mentioned were related to the procedure.
Stacy’s famous Instagram followers loved her post about Cat.
“So so happy for you and your love!” wrote The Sopranos actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
“You are amazing! I adore you! Here’s to 2020!” remarked Dawson’s Creek star Busy Philipps.
“YAY!!!!!!” commented 2 Broke Girls star Kat Dennings.
“Well said my friend!” wrote former What Not To Wear makeup artist Carmindy.
One person who didn’t comment on Stacy’s post was her former What Not to Wear co-host Clinton Kelly. Unfortunately, the two had a falling out in 2017 after Clinton described their tumultuous professional relationship in his memoir.