Actor and comedian Dax Shepard, admitted to eating chicken after PETA, the animal rights organization, crowned him its ‘Sexiest Vegetarian’ of 2013 on Thursday.
Shepard, along with his fiancée Kristen Bell, topped the charts based on PETA’s annual online poll results, to become the first celebrity couple to win the title in the same year.
But, Shepard took to his Twitter account later on Thursday to admit that he has been eating chicken for the past six months.
“I'm really flattered to be named "Sexiest Vegetarian" with @IMKristenBell, but sadly I can't accept in good conscience because I eat chicken,” Shepard wrote. “I was vegan for a year, but that ended 6 months ago. I aspire to be more like @IMKristenBell , but I'm not there yet.”
PETA , in a statement released to the media cited by E! News, said that the organization is glad that Shepard aspires to be more like his partner. PETA has even offered to send Bell and Shepard a vegetarian starter kit that includes their Beyond Meat and Veggie Chicken products.
Bell has been a vegetarian since her teens and eventually became a vegan in January, reportedly after watching the documentary ‘Forks Over Knives.’
Reacting to her being crowned PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegetarian’ of 2013, and talking about her eating habits, Bell admitted that she has never liked the taste of meat. "I had a hard time disassociating the animals I cuddled with—dogs and cats, for example—from the animals on my plate, and I never really cared for the taste of meat. I always loved my Brussels sprouts!"
Bell and Shepard started dating in 2007, and in March, they welcomed their firstborn, a daughter they named Lincoln Shepard. They got engaged on Wednesday, with Bell proposing to Shepard via Twitter, soon after the Supreme Court ruled that the federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Bell, an advocate of gay rights, previously said in an interview with online mag, Advocate, that they were delaying their wedding because, “I don’t feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that’s denied to my [gay and lesbian] friends. That’s why we’ve been so hesitant.”