Real World DC’s Bisexual Emily: Writes Poems, is Adorable, Was in a Cult, is “Wild at Heart”

THE REAL WORLD: MTV’s The Real World la-la-la-loves itself a bisexual lady and for the DC season, premiering tonight, we have been granted Emily Schromm. The 21-year-old hadn’t been east of Illinois prior to joining the cast, and confesses in interviews that she hadn’t seen much of The Real World before going on it.

Down-to-earth, inquisitive, cute and smart; Emily grew up in a Fundamentalist Christian cult in Missouri and used her “athletic tomboy” prowess to get her into sports and back out into the real world after leaving the cult. From her MTV bio: “Since then, she has grown progressively more open-minded and experimental even when it comes to dating and she shares Ty’s skeptical view of religion. For her, D.C. will be another new adventure, another step in her growth outside the cult.”

In Emily’s preview video, she goes to visit her old church and cries just being there, probs because it is mega windy and all her lovely soft hair is getting in her eyes! But seriously look how cute she is! We’re going to love her no matter what!

On the topic of her bisexuality (video here – our transcription is mediocre): “I feel like guys haven’t really caught my eye … I think I’m picky either way. I’m kinda talking to a girl, but I’m not that impressed with her. I feel like it’s more of my first into the maybe-lesbian world, so I feel like that’s why I’m testing it out… if it’s something I’m kinda inclined to, then go with it. And it’s me just being open and honest about myself.”

“Never knew how hard it could be
To let the whole world really see me
Opening a book in a thunderstorm
Without allowing a page to be torn.”
(Emily Schromm)

On Emily’s twitter, she crushes on the super-hawt Aria from our least-favorite band ever, The Paradiso Girls, goes skiing with Mike from the show, and gets nervous watching previews. She also says cute things like:

I heart sportsbras. i’m over this whole try-to-look-like-you-have-boobs thing.

Top 8 thankfuls: tequila. my mom. coffee. the ocean. tattoos. rain to play in. rocks to climb. doggies.

In an interview with Starpulse, the interviewer asks if Mike is her boyfriend. She says; “Oh no (laughing). He is more like my twin since we look alike and we are the bisexuals of the house.” Glad that she still identifies as bi, this should be a good season!

In Emily’s blog, “My Breath of Fresh Air, Emily writes poems and reflects on her fear of commitment, her desire to take risks, her athletic hobbies and describes herself as “Wreckless. Young. Stubborn. Unpredictable. Sensitive. Tough. Unorganized. HAPPY. This is me.” Her prose is full of earnest hope — she takes a journal she refers to as her “Buddha Book” to South Padre for Spring Break to stay grounded and quotes Tennesee Williams and talks about being wild at heart! — that we really debated linking to it here b/c we don’t want it to go away, but it would be a**hatty to mention it and not link, right?  In her most recent post she is (we think) hesitant about the upcoming premiere: “This is life, raw as ever/And it was my choice to share… the beauty in the breakdown/Is about truely [sic] finding what’s within.”

If you’re in DC, go to the viewing party and tell Emily about Autostraddle!

Oh, reason #545 we love Emily?

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  1. I can’t possibly be the only one who squealed happily upon seeing that Alison Goldfrapp was dating a woman, right? (Sidenote: it’s also weird seeing a news source mention her age, though I am hesitant to believe that number.)

    I’ve got an urge to call up my ex, who was insistent on Alison’s heterosexuality, yell, “HAH!” then hang up quickly before the drama begins.

  2. Ummm…holy shit, Goldfrapp is gay? Totally didn’t see that one coming. I’m really shocked, for some reason.

  3. OMG!

    I KNEW Alison Goldfrapp was family. I’ve been a huge fan since I first heard Black Cherry. I have about 20 unbelievers to say “I told you so” to now…

    One listen to the lyrics to “Twist” and “Ooh La La” reveal obvious homo themes. Come on:
    “Put your dirty angel face / between my legs and knicker lace.” (That’s from “Twist”. Of course, “dirty angel face” could be a guy, but… really?) Or “Switch me on, turn me up / Oh child of venus, you’re just / Made for love” (from “Ooh La La”, which also name-checks the 19th century French writer Baudelaire, who famously wrote about lesbians.)

    But while I love Goldfrapp, I hate that article’s tone. Terrible. Lesbians “lurking” everywhere? The whole tone of the article is as if they crowbarred up a sewer grate and were surprised to see us waving up towards the light. There’s also a clear disdain for young lesbians who embrace queer politics in favour of old, hetero-normalized lesbians who have lived most of their lives as straight people (Cynthia Nixon is the hero of this piece.) And since it is likely that Goldfrapp being bi?queer?lesbian?whatever? was an open secret before now, since I thought everyone knew (and she was a musical guest on The L Word), I wonder why they decided to out her from the glass closet. The “midlife lesbian” trend they identify in celebrities vs. regular people who discover themselves in midlife also ignores the obvious reality that female celebrities don’t come out as lesbians because most of their bankability relies on straight guys wanting to f*ck them. So they wait until age makes them less marketable as sex objects, or they market themselves as bisexuals. Grafting the business of celebrity and entertainment onto a separate reality, of fluid sexual identification over many peoples’ lifetimes, is just ridiculous nonsense.

    • Oh yeah when we talked about this article the first time, we had A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT IT. It’s just very reductive, I think.

  4. Hold the phone….. Goldfrapp is 43?! wow. For some reason this surprises me much more than her being gay.

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  6. A guyfriend of mine totally ran into Emily on a Missouri college campus and kissed her. Such a small world.

  7. There’s a guy on the Real World D.C. who apparently considers himself bi (and questioning gay) too! His name is Mike.

  8. Yeah Goldfrapp was on the L word. I think that everyone on that show is gay even if they say they’re not – they’re in denial.
    Okay maybe thats just wishful thinking, but can you blame me!? i mean Jennifer Beals!? SARAH SAHI!? please come on over to the other side…we have cookies :>

      • You too?! I totally skipped them, I figured I wanted to keep my eyes for laters.

        And the J. Beals being straight thing fucks with my psyche, so hard.

  9. wouldn’t the tone of the article, and the mention of her age be an explicit diss on her for being so closeted? i don’t think she’s really a midlife lesbian (if you know what i mean) and i get the impression people don’t like it.
    and also on the age thing, didn’t peaches specifically mention goldfrapp once in explaining the line “lick my crowsfeet”?

  10. Who in the Sam Champion Zorro nomad ass hell are the Paradiso Girls???

    Eric likes Regina Spektor and Blair like Fela!. Kudos. Haha, the mean girls have a list. I recently discovered Passion Pit’s “Sleepyhead” as well, but I think that song was actually released in like 2007, I may be wrong. I only know it because of that Palm Pixi commercial.

    “I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” Whatever you say, Arnold.
    “I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist.” LMAO, okay, Tara.
    Bahaha, Bush talks about “the Google”. I’m so glad we’re done with him.

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