JoJo Siwa, the teen singer and dancer known for her moves on YouTube and on the TV show “Dance Moms,” just confirmed she’s part of the LGBTQ+ community.
The teen sensation tweeted an image of herself in a black shirt bearing the words “BEST.GAY.COUSIN.EVER.” on Friday.
She captioned the photo: “My cousin got me a new shirt.”
My cousin got me a new shirt pic.twitter.com/DuHhgRto7b
— JoJo Siwa!🌈❤️🎀 (@itsjojosiwa) January 22, 2021
“She changed history today for the future of LGBTQ youth,” out online personality Tana Mongeau said on Instagram.
Fellow out entertainer Lil Nas X joked in response, “if u spell ‘swag’ backwards, it’s ‘gay’. coincidence?”
Siwa published a lengthy video Saturday speaking candidly to her fans on Instagram Live.
“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,” Siwa said before excitedly screaming. “You guys probably haven’t seen me this happy since I was on tour.”
Responding to a fan who asked “What label are you?” the star said on Saturday’s IG Live: “I have thought about this, but the reason I’m not going to say this answer is because I don’t 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 but I also want to keep things in my life private until they are ready to be public. Right now what matters is that you guys know that no matter who you love, that it’s okay. It’s awesome and the world is there for you. There are so many people that are there for you. I know everyone’s situation is different and it might be harder for some people and easier for some people to come out or be themselves but I think coming out has this stigma around it — that it’s this really, really scary thing, but it’s not anymore. There are so many accepting and loving people out there that it’s okay. Of course people are going to say it’s not normal, but nothing is normal. Literally not one thing about anybody is normal and it’s okay not to be normal, it’s okay to be a little different, it’s okay 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.”