You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hannah Brown is one of the most honest stars of “The Bachelorette” the franchise has ever seen, and in just the two weeks her season has been airing, the reality star’s willingness to be open has gotten a lot of attention — specifically, a moment in which she firmly exclaims, “I have had sex and Jesus still loves me.”

The attention-getting line was teased in ABC’s promo for the entire season, prompting viewers to wonder about the context, though it appears Brown is defending herself to one of the male contestants who is judging her for her own choices.

Brown, who was Miss Alabama USA in 2018 and uses the Instagram handle @alabamahannah, declined to comment on her state’s restrictive abortion ban when asked by Variety during a recent interview. But she proudly says she is not afraid to speak her mind and own her sexuality on national TV.

“I don’t think it was a choice in that time,” Brown says when asked about the “Jesus still loves me” line. “It was necessary for me to feel like I needed to say to feel empowered and not feel judged for any decisions that I’ve made in my life. My faith is super important to me and it is who I am, but I don’t ever want my faith to be used to judge me for other decisions that I’ve made or to have that questioned because that doesn’t go over well with me.”

More Popular on Variety

  • Diahann Carroll Tiffany Haddish Dynasty

    Relive Diahann Carroll's Iconic 'Dynasty' Quotes, Performed by Tiffany Haddish

    Variety is paying tribute to the late Diahann Carroll by reviving this segment we filmed with Power of Women honoree Tiffany Haddish. In Geena Davis’ documentary “This Changes Everything,” Haddish revealed that she has always adored Carroll’s “Dynasty” character, Dominique Deveraux. So we asked the comedian to read a few iconic “Dynasty” quotes, no slapping [...]

  • Variety Al Pacino New York Issue

    From 'Serpico' to 'The Irishman': How Al Pacino Preps for a Role

    In his Variety cover shoot, Al Pacino breaks down how he prepped for his various roles throughout his career including his latest post as Jimmy Hoffa in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” “When you research Hoffa, there’s the books and there’s the good scripts. The good scripts help, but there’s so much footage of everybody.” Pacino [...]

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge reacts in the audience

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge Doesn't Feel Crazy For Loving 'Fleabag' Anymore

    One of the big winners this Emmy night was “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge. However the beloved series wasn’t always a sure bet. Phoebe Waller-Bridge told Variety that the sudden Hollywood validation has made her feel like she’s no longer crazy for loving it so much.

Most Popular

  • Jennifer Aniston

    How ‘Friends’ Helped Jennifer Aniston Find Her Voice

    Jennifer Aniston, who was honored on Friday at Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon presented by Lifetime, said she began to see herself in a different light and find her voice when she began working on “Friends.” “I started meeting all of these people who expressed to me how much the show meant to them — how […]

  • Brie Larson Power of Women

    Brie Larson Wants to Know ‘Where Can You Bring Hope?’

    Brie Larson was honored at Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon presented by Lifetime on Friday, and talked about her upcoming film “Just Mercy” and the Equal Justice Initiative. Larson portrays Eva Ansley, who co-founded the Equal Justice Initiative, in “Just Mercy,” and revealed what she learned from Ansley while making the film. “Where can you gain […]

Access exclusive content