Carole Baskin has come out as bisexual, saying that she could “just as easily have a wife as a husband”.
Speaking to Pink News, the Tiger King star revealed that she also feels as if she was “born in the wrong body” and began exploring her sexuality in the 1980s.
“I was engaged to a psychologist, and that was his entire field, dealing with the LGBT+ community,” she told the publication.
“It was during the period when AIDS was just wreaking havoc around the world, and people were losing their loved ones, and so I became very close to people in that community then.”
The 59-year-old, who is currently competing on US dance competition, Dancing with the Stars, added that she felt like a tomboy growing up.
“I was always very male-oriented in the things I did… I never had any mothering instincts or anything, you know, I never played with dolls,” she said.
"And so I always thought that there was something off there, that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
“But it was during the 1980s that I discovered that through dealing with the LGBT+ community that I [realised] I had just as equal feelings for women as I did for men."
The Big Cat Rescue owner continued: “I have always considered myself to be bisexual. Even though I’ve never had a wife, I could just as easily have a wife as a husband.
“As far as the way I feel about us, I think we are all one and I just don’t see us as being different genders or different colours or anything.”
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Baskin has been married to animal rights activist Howard Baskin since 2004.
The Tiger King star’s first appearance on Dancing With The Stars in September was interrupted by a paid-for advert from the family of her second husband Don Lewis, who declared their intention to reward $100,000 (£80,000) to any individual with answers about his disappearance in 1997.
Baskin has always denied any involvement in Lewis’s disappearance and is not a suspect or person of interest in the ongoing case.