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She was born this way! JoJo Siwa came out as a member of the LGBT+ community in January 2021, and has been receiving major support ever since. “I never wanted [my coming out] to be a big deal,” the Nickelodeon star told People

 

 

during an April 2021 interview. “I’ve known since I was little.”

 

 

 

JoJo confirmed her sexuality with a photo uploaded to social media in which she was wearing a shirt that read, “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.” She captioned the snap with, “My cousin got me a new shirt.” After coming out, the blonde beauty hosted an Instagram Live where she was flooded with support from fans.

 

 

 

“Personally, I have never, ever, ever been this happy before and it feels really awesome. I’ve been happy for a little bit now. It’s just so, so, so awesome,” she said at the time. When asked how she planned to “label” herself, JoJo explained that she didn’t “really know this answer.” When chatting with People, the former Dance Moms star clarified that she likes the term “queer,” but “technically, I would say that I am pansexual because that’s how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Personally, I have never, ever, ever been this happy before and it feels really awesome. I’ve been happy for a little bit now. It’s just so, so, so awesome,” she said at the time. When asked how she planned to “label” herself, JoJo explained that she didn’t “really know this answer.” When chatting with People, the former Dance Moms star clarified that she likes the term “queer,” but “technically, I would say that I am pansexual because that’s how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human.”

 

 

 

“It’s wild to me because I look at people who are called gay icons … and to be in that category at 18 is just insane. And just because of who I am, it feels amazing,” she shared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

 

 

in November 2021. “I am so happy with the outcome of me coming out. The world has taken it so positively, and it’s impacted so many young kids in such a way that hearing adults say, ‘I wish I had someone like you when I was little,’ that makes me know the kids that are little have someone like me, too.”

 

 

 

Figuring Out Her Sexuality

“I’ve been figuring out my gay awakenings recently,” JoJo shared while appearing on the “4D With Demi Lovato” podcast

 

 

 

 

 in July 2021. The actress recalled seeing one of Demi’s dancers in the “Cool for the Summer” music video and “just being a little too interested.”

 


“I always knew with me, but I always said I’m not going to do anything with it or be like, ‘Hey, by the way, I’m gay, but I’m not in love with a girl yet,’” JoJo said. “I was like, ‘I’ll wait until I actually have a girlfriend or I have a girl that I’m in love with and I’ll do something with it.’ And that happened.”

 

 

 

Being an ‘Icon’

“Being called a gay icon, honestly, I think is the biggest honor,” JoJo told EW

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in June 2021. “About a year ago, I started having all these music meetings just for fun, just getting my head where I want to go. And I told the producers, ‘I want to create gay pop, and I want to have a concert for the girls and for the gays.’ Turns out a year later, I am very much so gay.”

 

 

 

Love Wins

“If you want to fall in love with a girl, if you want to fall in love with a boy, if you want to fall with somebody who is a they/them or who is nonbinary, that is incredible,” she said during the GLAAD Media Awards

 

 

 

 

in April 2021. “Love is awesome. You can be in love with whoever you want to be in love with and it should be celebrated and amazingly now, today in the world, it is.”

 

 

Dealing With Backlash

“There are so many accepting and loving people out there that it’s OK. Of course, people are going to say it’s not normal, but nothing is normal,” JoJo told fans in an Instagram Live after coming out. “Literally not one thing about anybody is normal and it’s OK not to be normal, it’s OK to be a little different, it’s OK to be a little weird, strange, different. That’s something we should never, ever be afraid of. That’s something we should be proud of. … I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, that’s what matters.”

 

 

 

 

 

Her Girlfriend’s Support

“She never cares what the internet said about us,” JoJo told People. “It’s nice to have somebody in my life like that.”

Labeling Her Sexuality

“I still don’t know what I am. It’s like, I want to figure it out. And I have this joke. Her name is Kylie. And so I say that I’m Ky-sexual,” she also told People. “But like, I don’t know, bisexual, pansexual, queer, lesbian, gay, straight. I always just say gay because it just kind of covers it or queer because I think the keyword is cool.”

 

 

 

 

Being Happy

“Performing has always made me super happy,” the blond beauty gushed during the magazine interview. “But for the first time, personally, I am like, whoa, happiness. I am so proud to be me.”

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