Soul Sisters Podcast: Hayley Kiyoko Is Here to 'Make Out With Girls and Just Own This Sh--'

Hayley Kiyoko
Amanda Charchian

Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko is proving not just to be one of the hottest rising stars in pop music today, but one whose rise as an unabashedly, nay celebratory gay artist signals an important moment for our culture in general.

She joins this episode of Soul Sisters to tell us how "growing up, there was just no content that was hopeful" for people who wanted to see queer romance normalized onscreen in the way that she has with her self-directed, highly viewed music videos.

"Every video or movie that I watched that involved any kind of romantic story between two women ended in suicide or made me feel terrible about liking girls," she recalls. As her music career developed alongside her own sexual identity, she noticed that, as far as pop stars go, there were few other women who said, "This is how I am and I'm gonna make out with girls and just own this shit."

"Fuck!" thought Kiyoko. "This has to be me!"

Listen to the full episode below (or watch the filmed version on YouTube here) as Kiyoko, whose new album Expectations drops March 30, reveals the "true story" behind her taunting new track "Curious," and shares some words for all the game-players out there.

"I get my feelings hurt immediately," she admits. "This is how I feel. Are you in or not?"


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