Just five months after breaking up with boss Jason Oppenheim — she wants kids and he’s not ready — she explained last december — sunset sale star Chrishell Stause, 40, jumped at the show’s opportunity season five reunionwhich aired on Netflix last night, to confirm rumors that he is in a relationship and “happier than [she’s] never been” with the Australian rapper known as G Flip.
Many fans and commentators, anxious to keep things well-labeled and properly filed, are confused as to what this could mean about Stause’s sexuality. G Flip, age twenty-seven, born Georgia Flipo, was female assigned at birth (AFAB) and publicly identified as a lesbian before exiting as non-binary on Instagram in June of last year. This means that while they don’t fully or exclusively identify as female, they don’t necessarily identify as male either, in contrast to, say, actors Chaz Bono and Elliot Page, who were also AFABs but have since transitioned to live by. with his masculine gender. Since many people struggle to understand non-binary gender identities, it can be helpful to view the term as an “anti-label.” this is what i’m notannounces. If you want to know more about who I am, just ask.
While G Flip hasn’t gone into much detail about how they experience the genre, they have dropped a few hints. “I’m still the exact same person,” they wrote in the now-deleted introduction post. “Nonbinary is simply the best way to explain who I am and how I’ve always felt, like a gender shake.” Some non-binary people can gender experience as tending more or less to one side of the masculine/feminine binary; others may experience those or other genres equally, cyclically, neutrally, or not at all.
“If strawberries were girls and blueberries were boys and you put them in a blender, you would get a gender smoothie. I’m a gender shake”, G Flip made last week, which seems to indicate that their experience of gender is multifaceted and complex, encompassing elements of masculinity, femininity, and possibly even neutrality. And while it may confuse some, their largely feminine appearance doesn’t override their non-binary identity or make them a cisgender woman more than wearing a skirt to the Met Gala does Jared Leto shemale.
G Flip’s hot single, “Gay 4 Me,” released in February of this year, may be adding to the confusion. How can a woman be “homosexual to” someone who is not actually a woman? I’d say that’s the point. Putting the listener in the position where they have to deal with questions like this only enhances the internal logic and tension of the song. The song not only explores the emotional toll it takes on the other party when someone is “experimenting” with her sexuality, but also how an experimenter’s ignorance of the LGBTQIA+ community can further complicate matters. Non-binary people struggle with widespread misunderstanding of their gender experiences and expressions, and G Flip capitalizes perfectly on the resulting exasperation.
Stause, for her part, admits that while it may seem complex on the surface, she’s not at all confused. “Nothing has really changed for me,” she told the meeting moderator and queer eye star, tan france. “I’m still very attracted to masculine energy and a good human being.” Ultimately, Stause is the only one qualified to define her own sexuality, and the speculation could be considered homophobic.
Aside from gender, some may argue that moving out a much younger musician known for his sexually explicit lyrics and involvement in the international party scene seems “off the mark” for Stause, who usually exudes red-carpet refinement. I do not agree. It’s true that we’re increasingly able to curate and filter our potential date pool down to the kind of details we might have saved for the third date a couple of decades ago, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. It is also true, for example, that marriages online and on dating apps are still more likely to end in divorce than between people who appear in person. Maybe there’s something to be said for a good old fashioned case of falling in love with someone no one saw coming.