Kimberly Hart-Simpson. (Instagram/@kimberly_h_s)
Coronation Street star Kimberly Hart-Simpson has come out as pansexual, describing gender as “irrelevant” to her.
Ahead of her stint on the E4 dating show Celebs Go Dating, the 33-year-old Welsh actor gushed that she “fancies everybody”.
In an interview with The Mirror, she explained: “I have dated people who are male, female, transgender… gender is completely irrelevant to me.
“We’re all on different spectrums. There are many qualities about me I would deem just as much male as female.
“It’s about the person, not what sex they were born. I just fancy everybody.”
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It was a casual chat with her gay friend that helped her realise her truth. “It clicked,” she told the newspaper, “and I realised I’m surrounded by non-judgmental people and a loving family supporting me.”
Hart-Simpson, who played sharp-tongued sex worker Nicky Wheatley on the soap last year, even joked that she switches her Tinder profile interests to “both” after having a few drinks.
“When I woke up the next day, I’d think, ‘OMG, I hope no one I know has seen me,’” she said. “Then I realised if they had, it would mean they were gay, too.”
What kind of folks would she swipe right for, though? Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, she said.
“Alesha does not have a bad angle on her. She’s beautiful.” TV personalities Reggie Yates and Jeff Brazier are both “fit”, she added, saying that she doesn’t have a set type.
“I don’t know exactly what I want, but I tend to go for ‘cute’,” Hart-Simpson described, “I’m hitting career milestones, but nothing quite beats love.”
And love is top of her to-do list after she signed-up for the 2021 line-up of Celebs Go Dating.
“I’ve joined the agency because I’m 33, still live with my mum and don’t know why I’m still single,” she said.
“I’ve been putting myself out there and joined pretty much every dating app going, so not sure what I’m doing wrong.
“[I’m] hoping Anna and Paul will help me figure that out and find my perfect match (whatever gender!).”