Xposé’s new host Cassie Stokes opens up about coming out as gay

She's super comfortable with her sexuality

The new Xpose presenter; Cassie Pic: Brian McEvoy
The new Xpose presenter; Cassie Pic: Brian McEvoy

Xposé’s latest addition to the team, Cassie Stokes, has opened up about coming out as gay.

The 28-year-old, who will replace Karen Koster while she is on maternity leave, has revealed she feels ‘comfortable and happy’ since coming to terms with her sexuality.

Cassie, who will make her Xposé on Monday, came out three years ago and said she’s more than happy to discuss it.

“Three or four years ago I realised I was gay and it’s been very exciting. I had boyfriends before, and now I have girlfriends. My family and friends have been incredible. I was very lucky and am very lucky, they’ve been by my side throughout the whole thing,” she told Evoke.ie.

Cassie has opened up about her sexuality
Cassie has opened up about her sexuality

“It’s a growing phase really, coming to get to know yourself. In you mid-twenties I think all of that happens and that’s what happened to me. I’m thrilled now, because I’m very comfortable with myself, happy to be who I am and happy to tell people.

“I believe if you keep something a secret or hide something, then you’re inadvertently saying that it’s wrong or that you’re ashamed. And it’s not wrong at all.”

The up-and-coming tv star grew up between Ireland and Canada, and has been living in the UK for the past year. She said she’s delighted to be back here full-time, especially after the marriage referendum results last year.

We think she'll be a great addition to the team |Pic: Brian McEvoy
We think she’ll be a great addition to the team |Pic: Brian McEvoy

“I actually had a party with all my Canadian friends for the results, as they unfolded. That day was incredible and I’ve been gushing about Ireland ever since,” she said.

“I always wanted to come back eventually, but I guess it helps that we’re very accepting here. I would definitely stay here long term – I want a family one day in Ireland – and I’m thrilled to know that it would be accepted and celebrated. This is something to be celebrated – and nothing to be ashamed of.”

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