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'I have had sex and Jesus still loves me', says star of TV dating show
The current star of the popular US reality dating show The Bachelorette is hoping to portray Christianity in a new light by being open about how she has sinned.
Hannah Brown has the task of dating 29 men before selecting a potential fiancé.
In the trailer for the upcoming season, Brown is seen having a heated conversation with one of her contestants and says: "I have had sex and Jesus still loves me."
In an interview with entertainment website ET, the 24-year-old said: "A lot of times, people get Christianity and religion messed up, because your faith should be something personal in a relationship and it's not to judge others or say, 'Christianity is something you welcome others into'.
"It should be a place where people feel safe and welcomed…and not to feel judged or shamed.
"Regardless of anything that I've done that people might think, 'Oh, well, that deserved a scarlet letter,' that's not how it works.
"I can do whatever. I sinned daily, and Jesus still loves me.
"It's all washed, and if the Lord doesn't judge me and it's all forgiven, then no other man, woman, animal - anything, I don't know - can judge me!"
She also opened up about the difficulty she had in forgiving herself for having premarital sex.
"I always thought that I would save myself for marriage and I hadn't, and how for a long time, I carried shame and guilt around," she explained.
"And then I realised that I shouldn't. Now that, honestly, my faith has grown so much and I've realised what a relationship with the Lord is really about, I don't have to carry that."
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