What Not To Wear’s style expert Stacy London shared a heartwarming LGBTQ-friendly message on Instagram while introducing her followers to her longtime girlfriend.
After one Twitter user tweeted out photos of London and her “hot butch girlfriend,” musician Cat Yezbak, on December 21, the TV personality responded by confirming they were in a long-term relationship on Tuesday (December 31).
“Not that it’s any of your business but…,” she started the post, “I may as well address all the stuff I hear floating around out there…[T]he person most responsible for [my incredible joy] is Cat Yezbak, who is my girlfriend and has been for over a year.”
“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,” London continued. “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.”
She went on to talk about “the countless people in the LGBTQIAP community” who don’t have the freedom to come out that she did because they have “no choice in who they are, no love from a family on which to lean, no support from anyone anywhere.”
“I stand on the shoulders of a community that fought like hell for me to be able to [love Cat] oopenly and proudly and easily,” London said. While she didn’t explicitly label her sexuality, she summed it up in ten words: “So I used to date men. Now I date her.”
London and Yezbak are the co-CEOs of Small Beautiful Things, a shop of one-of-a-kind antique gifts from the 1800s to 1980s.