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Siwa, 17, came out earlier this year as a member of the LGBTQ+ community when she posted a photo of herself wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words, “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.” One of the biggest pop stars in the world, she’s known for her infectiously happy persona. Siwa got her start on the reality television show “Dance Moms” before partnering with Nickelodeon, where she’s grown her brand as a “wholesome” star.
My cousin got me a new shirt pic.twitter.com/DuHhgRto7b
— JoJo Siwa!🌈❤️🎀 (@itsjojosiwa) January 22, 2021
After coming out, she said online that she had “never, ever, ever been this happy before” and declined to label herself. In the interview with People, published Wednesday, Siwa shared more about her sexuality.
“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,” she told People, echoing statements that she made in a January Instagram Live about finding her “person” regardless of gender.
When Siwa first sparked coming-out rumors in January with a TikTok lip-syncing to Lady Gaga’s notable LGBTQ anthem “Born This Way,” fans cautioned the public not to label her sexuality. Since then, Siwa has begun to share aspects of her relationship with girlfriend Kylie Prew, whom she met on a cruise, as well as how she handled negativity around her coming out.
While she described herself as pansexual during the People interview, she also ruminated on the various terms she also uses to describe her sexuality — and joked that she’s “Ky-sexual,” based on her girlfriend Kylie’s name.
“I still don’t know what I am. It’s like, I want to figure it out,” she 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.” Siwa added: “or queer because I think the keyword is cool.”
Queer therapists and media experts previously told Insider that Siwa’s coming out could be incredibly important to both LGBTQ+ kids and their parents. They also said it marked a major leap forward for queer representation in family-oriented media.