JoJo Siwa has opened up about her identity.
The YouTube star, dancer, and singer sparked national headlines in January when she tweeted a photograph of herself wearing a T-shirt that was gifted from her cousin. The text read: “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”
In an accompanying video posted to Instagram Live, the 17-year-old Nebraska native revealed she was in a relationship with a woman, Kylie Prew, but was not ready to label her own identity. However, in a new interview with People, Siwa said that while her understanding of labels is evolving, she "technically" is pansexual because "my human is my human."
"I still don't know what I am," the Dance Moms alum told the magazine. "It's like, I want to figure it out. And I have this joke. [My partner's] name is Kylie. And so I say that I'm Ky-sexual. 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. I like queer. 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."
While many fans rejoiced when the "Boomerang" singer came out earlier this year, the reaction was not entirely positive. To People, Siwa divulged that she lost sleep due to nasty responses from fans and their family members.
"I was thinking that all the comments were going to be nice and supportive, and they weren't," she said. "A lot of them were, 'I'm never buying your merch again. My daughter's never watching you again.' I couldn't sleep for three days."
"My thing is, I don't want people to watch my videos or buy my merchandise if they aren't going to support not only me, but the LGBTQ community," she added.
The dancer was ranked by Time one of the most influential people in the world in 2020 due to her massive reach on social media, with over 12 million followers on YouTube alone. Thus her coming-out was a massive gain for LGBTQ+ visibility.
In a previous interview with Jimmy Fallon, Siwa stressed how being out was worth any loss of fans or revenue. “If I lost everything that I’ve created because of being myself and because of loving who I want to love, I don’t want it,” she said.