Former Bachelorette and Dancing With the Stars runner-up Gabby Windey is opening up about her current relationship status.
“I’ve been keeping it a little more private because it is a bigger story and a bigger conversation, because I’m dating a girl.”
In an exclusive interview on The View, Winder spoke about her time on the popular reality dating series and her engagement to Erich Schwer.
“I had such an amazing experience on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, dating all those men. That’s how people know me,” Windey said. “But I just want to live my truth and my story, so I have been seeing someone for a couple months.”
The reality star acknowledged how this may surprise some of her followers and opened up about her journey of discovering her sexuality.
“I think there was always a whisper in me that just got louder and louder,” she said. “I didn’t really know to pay attention to it. I think when this happens, there’s some shame surrounding it, so I had to navigate through the shame: What is it, where is it coming from? But I always want to do me, do what I want, figure it out later.”
Who is Gabby Windey Dating?
Her girlfriend, Robby Hoffman, is a comedian and TV writer. Windey said when she met Hoffman, she felt an instant connection.
“She is so special, she makes me feel so safe, so loved. A love that I always wanted going on these dating shows.”
Windey first appeared in the Bachelor Nation as a contestant on Clayton Echard’s season in 2021. She then appeared in season 19 of The Bachelorette alongside Rachel Recchia. Though she left the season engaged to Erich Schwer, the two announced their breakup last November.
She also took to Instagram to tell her followers directly about her new relationship and share some adorable photos of her and Hoffman happily in love.
“I just want to be honest.” She continued, “I don’t want to live and not be living my full truth, I don’t want to do that to myself, I don’t want to do it to my girlfriend, I don’t want to do it to people who care about me and feel like they know me.”
Becca Tilley, a former Bachelorette now dating lesbian pop star Hayley Kiyoko, wrote her support on Windey’s post and other friends from the show, including Demi Burnett, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Ben Higgins.
Watch Gabby Windey’s full interview with The View here.
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