Online superstar JoJo Siwa officially came out as a member of the LGBTQ community.
Siwa, 17, opened in one Instagram livestream over the weekend about being “just so happy” after receiving endorsement for two posts she made earlier last week that suggested she’d come out.
“Someone asked, ‘How long have you been part of the community? How long have you been whatever you are?’ I don’t know, “said Siwa. “I think my whole life because I’ve been really, really righteous all my life – I like people. But I’ve never fallen in love, but I’ve always believed that my person would be my person. If that person happened to be a Boy, great. If that person happened to be a girl, great. “
She added, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and that is what matters.”
Then she tweeted on Friday, “My cousin got me a new shirt,” with a picture of herself in a t-shirt that reads “BEST. GAY. COUSIN. EVER.”
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Siwa recalled a discussion with her parents in which her mother said that she noticed “about two years ago” that her daughter “doesn’t just like boys”. Both her mother and father have been very supportive of us, Siwa added.
“Someone asked, ‘Which label are you?’ You know, I’ve been thinking about it, and the reason I’m not ready to answer is because I don’t really know that answer, “she said. “I think people are great. I think people are really amazing people. I’m super-super happy right now and I want to share everything with the world, I really do, but I also want to keep things in my life private until they are ready to be public. “
She added, “But right now it’s important that you know that it doesn’t matter who you love, that it’s okay. And that it’s great. And that the world is there for you.”
Siwa beamed throughout the livestream and repeated to her fans how happy she was.
“No matter what, I love you guys. I have your backs forever,” she said. “If I could give you some advice, do what makes you happy.”
Born, born in Omaha, Nebraska, Joelle Joanie Siwa is famous for her huge hair bows, sparkling outfits, and larger than life personality. She has millions of followers online. Siwa has more than 42 million followers via YouTube, Instagram and TikTok.
Fans quickly celebrated the news on social media.
“Getting out Jojo Siwa is so important. Your audience is younger and children who can look up to someone who is NOT direct could help them discover themselves and hopefully make future generations even more open-minded. This is a Jojo Siwa Stan Account . ” @ Sisterariola wrote. @bridgetsrose added: “Jojo Siwa, who comes out at the height of her career when her audience is mostly kids, is such a feat and I respect her so much for it.”
Siwa got to know the entertainment world in 2013 when she appeared as a candidate in the spin-off “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition” from “Dance Moms” before taking on a role as regular “Dance Moms” in 2015.
Abby Lee Miller, Siwa’s former dance coach at Dance Moms, wrote on Instagram in response to Siwa’s arrival that she “always knew the world would be a more colorful, positive, sparkling place with a friendly, loving, dazzling triple threat you inside – A shining example for the kids out there to live their BEST lives every day.”
In 2017, Nickelodeon signed a talent deal with Siwa that resulted in the 2018 animated series “The JoJo and BowBow Show Show” about her and her dog. She also worked with Nick Cannon on “Lip Sync Battle Shorties” and gave her voice to last year’s sequel to “Angry Birds”.
Siwa was recently exposed on “The Masked Singer,” where she appeared as T-Rex. Some clues to their background, like a plate of junk food spiced with glitter, were dead giveaways for fans.
She has weathered several controversies in the past year. Most recently, Siwa mentioned the Nickelodeon board game for children. “JoJo’s juice, “which shows her resemblance to what she called” gross “and” inappropriate content. “She clarified that she” had no clue about the types of questions “.
Siwa defended them Music video “NONSTOP” Earlier this summer after a dancer was accused of wearing a black face.
“We’re talking about kids dressing up as circus animals! Nobody in my video has a black face,” she said.
Contributors: Cydney Henderson and Sonja Haller