FLETCHER doesn’t think that anyone should ever have to reveal their sexuality to the world. The singer-songwriter, whose 2015 debut single “War Paint” topped the Spotify Viral Chart upon release and now has more than 19 million listens on Spotify, has architected a pop career that colors outside of the lines of gender and sexuality -- both as an individual who self-identifies beyond any specific label and infuses her music and visuals with stories that neutralize the stigma of otherness prominent in many LGBTQ creations.
“I just express my opinion and stance on sexual fluidity and love and whatever that may be," says the 22-year-old, born Cari Fletcher. "I'm also very understanding and accepting of other people's positions on the topic because there's a lot of opinions -- and everyone's matters. It's really important to just be talking about sexuality, because the more we talk about it and it's normalized, the more the next generation will never have to come out. It's so stupid that people have to even come out. The more we talk about it, the less in the future that will have to happen.”
The New Jersey-born artist has embraced this stance over the past few years as she became one of pop’s buzziest upstarts, downplaying sexuality as a means of focusing more on attraction to another human being as is. It becomes most apparent in the video for “Wasted Youth,” a renegade-style clip for a single off of last year’s Finding Fletcher EP where she gallivants through the night with a female companion -- seemingly a romantic interest, but never concretely defined. In it, they engage in the aimless wanderings of apathetic adolescence, content not with what they’re doing but who they’re doing it with.