Kaitlynn Carter is ready to talk about the impact her Miley Cyrus breakup had on her and how she approaches her love life. Carter spoke to Nick Viall on his The Viall Files podcast this week about the split.
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This time last year, Miley Cyrus was just a month or two away from announcing her separation from Liam Hemsworth and going public with her summer romance with Kaitlynn Carter. Carter and Cyrus were photographed together regularly until their relationship came to an end in late September, about a month after it really started. Carter also reportedly moved in with Cyrus just weeks before.
It wasn’t a casual fling, and a source told E! that Cyrus ended things because it was too much, too soon. “It was getting serious and Miley wasn’t comfortable with that,” a source said. “When they first got together, it was just a fun casual thing, but it ended up becoming a lot and there were big emotions attached. It went from 0 to 60 and she wanted to put on the brakes. It was unexpected to end things so abruptly, but it had to be done. She just got out of her marriage and Miley felt like she and Kaitlynn got carried away.”
Cyrus would go on to start dating her current boyfriend Cody Simpson in early October, just weeks after her Carter split.
Now, Carter is ready to talk about the impact that breakup had on her and how she approaches her love life now. Carter told Nick Viall on his The Viall Files podcast this week that post-Cyrus, she’s no longer doing the public dating thing, period.
“What I’ve really realized is now with dating, I’m super private about it,” Carter said, via E!. “Since last fall, once that whole situation [with Miley] came to a wrap, I was like, ‘That’s the last time I’m doing a public thing.'”
“We actually did work pretty hard to keep it as private as we could, but it is what it is,” she added. “It’s so hard to go through a breakup in the public eye, too… It’s so rough. But there’s also a lot to be gained and learned from that.”
Carter wrote for ELLE about her summer of self discovery in November. “This past July, I went on vacation with a female friend; the next thing I knew, I was in love with her,” Carter started her piece. “It wasn’t quite that simple, of course. But it also wasn’t very complicated, either. Until that trip, it had never crossed my mind that I was even capable of loving a woman the way I loved her. But after reflecting on my romantic history, I realized that I’ve never really had a ‘type.'”
In the end, she addressed the breakup, writing, “While it was short-lived, I’ll remain eternally grateful to my most recent relationship for opening my eyes to this unexplored part of myself, and for inspiring a new level of self-discovery and wonder at all the possibilities of life. I’ve been forced to get to know myself in a far deeper way than ever before, and not just in terms of my sexual preferences. I’ve also been forced to reckon with who I am as a person. Although the relationship with my friend was often referenced in the media as merely a ‘summer fling’ or a ‘same-sex affair,’ it was so much more than that. This was a profound journey of self-discovery. For the first time, I listened to myself, forgot about the ‘norm’, and lived. I hope that everyone, when given the chance, takes the time to understand who exactly their most authentic selves are, untethered from what we may have been taught to believe.”
Carter told Viall that she is seeing someone else now but is “trying to take it really slow,” and keep the details private.
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).