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Kelly Osbourne Slammed For Comments Over Ex-Fiance's Transgender Affair


Kelly Osbourne may have felt traumatized after the ultimate failure of her troubled engagement, but after the star revealed details of the split in a new interview, some are saying it's the transgender community who should be left feeling humiliated.

The 27-year-old rock heiress and former "Dancing With The Stars" contestant was previously engaged to male model Luke Worrall, but the budding fashionista ended the relationship after she found out her fiance had a fling with fellow model Elle Schneider, who is awaiting gender reassignment surgery.

Obsourne reportedly dished on the split in an interview with Glamour Magazine UK, noting that breaking the news to her parents was the biggest challenge. "Having to tell them my fiance had cheated on me with a tranny who sold his/her story to the press [was the most uncomfortable moment]. It was so humiliating," she is quoted as saying. "Everyone kept telling me that Luke was cheating on me, but I never believed them. It's hard enough to get your head around someone cheating on you, but when someone is a chick with a d**k? Up until then, I'd always thought that the worst way to get cheated on would be with an ugly girl. Don't you think?"

Marti Abernathey, blog editor of The Transadvocate, was quick to dismiss Osbourne's rant as "objectifying and dehumanizing." She went on to note, "Kelly, did you ever stop to think that maybe he cheated on you because of your bigoted and intolerant attitudes? Just a thought. Hate is a pretty ugly thing to be around."

Whether Osbourne's words were intentionally transphobic is questionable, as Schneider told Out Magazine back in February that the two had become close friends after Worrall's infidelity was revealed: "When we realized that Luke had been two-timing us, we began bonding. I would help her out whenever she’d call me and cry or need someone to speak to, because I was the only person that she could relate to. After I ended everything with Luke, she was there for me and helped me get through it."

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