Julie Bowen Discusses Sexual Identity After Revealing She Was Once ‘In Love With a Woman’

The 'Modern Family' star discussed her sexuality on a recent episode of her 'Quitters' podcast.

Julie Bowen opened up about her sexuality during the latest episode of her "Quitters" podcast, which she co-hosts with writer Chad Sanders

The Modern Family alum interviewed Bachelor nation's Becca Tilley for the Monday, Oct. 31 podcast episode, where they got very real and candid about their sexualities. 

"I'm straight. I've always been straight," Bowen, 52, stated, while also admitting that she was once "in love with a woman." 

"She didn't love me back," the actress recalled. "She liked women, but she didn't like me in that way." 

"It never really took off so I never really had to challenge my concept of my sexuality," Bowen added, before debating the idea of people having to "come out" with their sexual identities. 

"I hope people don't always have to come out," she said. "What you do with your body should not be the first thing we know about people, or care about—that's your business." 

Tilley–who went public with her relationship with singer Hayley Kiyoko earlier this year—also chimed in on the topic, stating that she "never thought about a label" when it came to defining her sexuality. 

"Hayley and I met and we just had this instant connection," The Bachelor alum, 34, explained. "I fell in love with her so fast that I never went into this like, 'What does it mean? What is my label?'...For me, I'm just attracted to people." 

"I don't have an issue with coming out," she continued, adding, "I just hope that one day people don't have to come out, because it causes a lot of stress and weight added. Life is already really hard, falling in love should just be a natural, beautiful thing people shouldn't have to explain to anybody." 

Listen to the full "Quitters" podcast episode featuring Tilley on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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