Singer-actor Monica Dogra recently opened up about being pansexual, how she kept her marriage a secret from the media for a long time and also made a shocking revelation about being molested by her cousins.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Monica revealed that she first identified herself as pansexual when she heard the word around five or six years ago and she instantly realised she was the same.
Monica said that when she was little, she was a tomboy some days, and on other days hyper-feminine.
She said she never kissed a girl or had a full blown sexual experience with a girl until she was in college. "I was drunk at a party. It wasn’t until much later, that I felt I had fully fallen in love with a biological female who was masculine presenting. That really screwed with my head. Up until that point, I identified as straight. Suddenly, I had no idea who I was. I had a bit of an 'aha' moment when I figured maybe I’m bisexual. At that point, I still didn’t know what pansexuality meant. But I knew I liked feminine energy men and masculine energy women. This was 6-7 years ago. Soon, I came across several verbiages around pansexuality, and now I think that’s the most real fit for me," she explained.
Monica also revealed she was married to a very 'gentle, kind, wise and extremely understanding' man. However, the are now separated. The actress said she always kept her marriage a secret from the media.
During the interview, Monica further shared that she was ashamed of her gender while growing up and when she first started showing signs of having breasts, she just 'wept' thinking her life was over.
She also revealed that she was molested by her cousins in India and she was touched inappropriately by a family friend once when she was sleeping.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Monica was last seen in the web series 'The Married Woman' with Ridhi Dogra. The show depicted the story of two characters who are on a journey to find themselves as they blur the boundaries set by society when they feel an intense connection and love.
Monica has also been a part of films like 'Rock On!!', and 'Dhobi Ghat' among others.