Stylist, author, and former host of What Not to Wear, Stacy London, is ringing in the new year by opening up about her relationship with musician Cat Yezbak. Responding to social media buzz about the nature of their relationship, London wrote a moving post on Instagram in which she addressed being in her first relationship with a woman, according to People.
“NOT THAT IT’S ANY OF YOUR BUSINESS BUT… I may as well address all the stuff I hear floating around out there,” London wrote.
“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,” London wrote. “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.”
Cohost of TLC’s What Not to Wear beginning in 2003, London has also appeared on Today and Access Hollywood. In 2008, she was the named host of her own show, Fashionably Late with Stacy London.
Among other points she made in her post, London recognized her privilege as a white woman of means opening up about being in a same-sex relationship as opposed to others who don't have those advantages. And she acknowledged those who’ve come before her.
“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,” London said. “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.”
Author of the 2012 book The Truth About Style, London explained that she and Yezbak wanted to keep their relationship to themselves for a while before going public.
“All my friends and family know her well. I haven’t paraded her around on social media for several reasons,” she said. “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.”
“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,” London continued.
“So I used to date men. Now I date her. That’s it. That’s all I have to say,” she wrote before wishing everyone a happy 2020.