Did Penn Badgely dump Zoe Kravitz because he couldn’t handle her bisexuality?

A few weeks ago, we learned that Zoe Kravitz and Penn Badgley had called it quits. Many of you didn’t care. Some of you – like me – were kind of sad about it. Penn and Zoe were a cute little hipster couple, and she gave him some street cred and I thought it was adorable/strange that she went from bangin’ Michael Fassbender to bangin’ Lonely Boy. What was missing in the breakup story was a definitive reason for the breakup – what happened? Why did it end after two years? They were living together, so it must have been something bigger than the usual Young Hollywood Dramz. Well, Star Mag claims that the real drama is that Zoe is bisexual and Penn couldn’t deal.

After nearly two years of dating, Penn Badgley and Zoe Kravitz have called it quits. While the couple appears to have parted on amicable terms, Star has learned that the real reason the two split was because Penn, 26, had difficulties accepting 24-year-old Zoe’s bisexuality.

“All of Zoe’s friends know she is into women too,” says an insider. “Penn just couldn’t wrap his head around it, and it became a real issue for them.”

Pals say the duo, who shared an apartment together in NYC, tried moving in together to save their relationship, to no avail.

“The more time they spent together, the more they realized it was never going to work.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

You know what I wonder? I wonder if it was less about Penn’s unwillingness to accept her bisexuality and more about him feeling like she was cheating on him? Some dudes (frat bros) are all about their ladies being bisexual because it’s a turn-on. But then there’s the reality of the situation, where Zoe might have been hitting on women and trolling for strange while Penn thought they were in an exclusive relationship. While Penn might have wanted to be the “it’s not cheating if it’s your girl with another girl” guy, the reality left him feeling… like he didn’t have the equipment that Zoe was looking for. Maybe. It’s just a theory.

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  1. Elle says:

    This came from star so it probably bull! I would turn for her though haha.

  2. Bee says:

    I’ve known a ton of bisexual girls who felt that because they were attracted to other women, that gave them a license to hook up with as many as they wanted and their boyfriends better just deal with it. (Or the boyfriend would be considered “weird” or even “gay” not not being into it like most men are.)Seriously uncool. Of course, if it was reversed and their boyfriend wanted to hook up with other women simply on the premise that they were attracted to them, was that okay? Of course not. If you’re in an exclusive relationship, cheating is cheating no matter who it’s with. I hope that’s not what was going on here.

    • marie says:

      that’s because the girls you knew were cheaters not because they were bisexual.

      • Bee says:

        Yeah, I’m not saying she is, I’m just saying I’ve seen this literally more often than not with the bisexuals I’ve known personally. I don’t know if you would label it “cheating” if they were up front about it like they were, but they definitely felt an entitlement to do as they pleased and not be monogamous with the man they chose, simply because they had other urges.

      • Loira says:

        If you put it the other way. A woman is with a bisexual man who still keeps on having randoms or steadies at the side… It is still cheating unless they are in an open relationship.

      • Jay says:

        Technically, if she was upfront about it I would say that one wanted an open relationship and the other didn’t. I wouldn’t call it cheating unless the couple agreed they were being exclusive but someone didn’t honour the agreement. If the woman in the relationship is bisexual and says upfront what kind of relationship she wants and the guy isn’t good with that, going against his wishes isn’t cheating if she openly refused to abide by then in the first place. i.e. you have to break a promise to be called a cheater, IMHO.

    • Nan209 says:

      Yeah I don’t give a damn what your sexuality is – cheatin’ is cheatin’. It’s one thing if you both go in to a relationship with an agreement but once you break the agreement you completely disregard your partner. I’ve known swingers and they have firm rules about having sex with others. Once a partner breaks the rueles the trust lost is often not repairable. You just can’t be a selfish jerk in a relationship.

      Though who knows why the two really broke up. Maybe she has chronic bad breath or he like sh!tz with the door open. Maybe they just got bored with each other.

    • MCraw says:

      @bee that’s been my experience too. I was on my college softball team and for the girls in athletics who were bi w boyfriends/husbands, they just didn’t consider it cheating if it was with women. I mean, I was almost raped by a married classmate at a sleepover! Her husband was away in Iraq. I think, though, it’s just that when ppl cheat, they’ll make up any excuse to deny it in their own heads, straight, gay or bi. We see straight guys do it all the time, even when caught in the act. Now I’m thinking of Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me lmao

  3. marie says:

    soo, because she’s bisexual she can’t be monogamous? people realize bisexual doesn’t equal cheater right? this seems kind of ridiculous to me, I’m sure she was upfront and honest about her sexuality and it didn’t just come out after 2 years.

    • jules says:

      Yes! Thank you!!

    • Gretchen says:

      Thank you Marie!

      I hate this seemingly prevalent idea that bisexuals find it impossible to be monogamous.

      If he dumped her for screwing around with girls, he dumped her because she was cheating, not because she is bisexual! Grrr

  4. tia says:

    People don’t realize alot of women are bisexual. However, she may be more into the ladies and that is something he can’t compete with. Nontheless, hopefully they will each find happiness with another partner.

    • Emily says:

      I think loads of people would be at least bicurious if not full on bisexual if they let themselves feel it – even though it’s so mainstream now, there is still a huge stigma attached.. I think particularly straight guys wouldn’t ever want to admit it if they had male fantasies.

      I think it’s just a natural human urge… whatever.. but when we had to go clarify it, it cut off the possibility for a lot of people.

  5. L.S. says:

    Maybe there wasn’t any cheating. Maybe he’s wanting to start settling down and she’s not ready for that.

  6. mercyme says:

    The Star, you say? That gives me the answer right there. Maybe they’re confusing her with another actress — that’s how ridiculous I think The Star is. This story seems rather ignorant as well. Who’s to say bisexuals can’t be faithful?

  7. Anna says:

    And I always thought he was the bisexual of the relationship – lol. Especially with the close relationship with Shawn Pryfom

    • mrsmc says:

      I think this story is nothing but BS and I am wondering why they are even running this story, especially since last week “friends” of Penn was saying that he wanted to reconcile with Zoe, also during their relationship people kept saying that it was Penn who was gay (Shawn Pryfom from Desperate Housewives was his long time friend)and Zoe was nothing more than his beard. But at the end of the day nobody knows why they broke up, and it is nobody business but theirs. People break up that life.

  8. Polly says:

    Star Magazine is paid fanfiction.

    I should apply.

  9. bella bella says:

    Maybe this is code for “he didn’t feel his oral skills were up to snuff.”

  10. Snooze says:

    I just broke up with my live-in bf of two years. There was no big reason, I still loved him, just not enough to want to spend my life with him. Plus we had realised that what we wanted in life was different and we’d started fighting. There doesn’t have to be a big reason, relationships end all the time gor a myriad of little reasons.