Young YouTube star JoJo Siwa has opened up about her sexuality on social media and told her fans that she has “never been so happy.”
Through a Twitter post, she said: “My cousin got me a new shirt” and shared a picture of herself wearing a t-shirt that read: “Best. Gay Cousin. Ever.” Afterward, she explained that she wasn’t ready to put a label on her sexuality yet as she didn’t had that answer, but said that coming out “felt awesome.”
The 17-year-old received support from celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Ellen DeGeneres.
JoJo Siwa rose to fame for her participation in the reality show Dance Moms, which showed the day-to-day life of a group of preteen dancers from Pennsylvania. She gained popularity being a singer-actress, managing to build an audience of over 10 million followers.
The tweet with the photo she posted when coming out had more than a million likes.
A day after posting it, Siwa told her fans through her Instagram Live that she had never been so happy. Responding to a follower who asked how she labeled herself, the YouTuber said: “I do not really know this answer. I think humans are awesome. I think humans are really incredible people.”
“Right now, I’m super duper happy, 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.
Siwa said that everyone’s experience is different, but she opined that coming out “has this stigma around it-that it’s a really, really, really scary thing, but it’s not anymore.”
The young celebrity also said she had “always believed that my person was going to be my person and if that person happened to be a boy great and if that person happened to be a girl great.”
Talking about the LGBTQ community during an Instagram Live broadcast, Siwa told her followers: “Someone asked, ‘How long have you been a part of the community? How long have you been whatever you are?’ I don’t know. I think my whole life because my whole life I have really really been just – I like people. But I never had fallen in love before, but I always believed my person was going to be my person. If that person happened to be a boy, then great. If that person happened to be a girl, great.”