Jojo Siwa Speaks Up About Coming Out Publicly: 'I Am So Proud to Be Me'

JoJo Siwa
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JoJo Siwa

It's been months since Jojo Siwa officially came out on social media. Now the YouTube star is speaking candidly about her experience in a new interview.

Siwa appeared on the cover of People on Wednesday (April 7), and spoke to the magazine about her experience announcing herself to the world as a member of the LGBTQ community. "I never wanted [my coming out] to be a big deal," the 17-year-old said. "I've never gotten this much support from the world. I think this is the first time that I've felt so personally happy."

In her interview, Siwa spoke about her decision not to put an explicit label on herself when coming out, saying that because she's still figuring out exactly how she identifies, she didn't want to needlessly label herself.

"I still don't know what I am. It's, like, I want to figure it out ... 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," she said before adding that she's considered labeling herself pansexual. "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."

The former Dance Moms star also spoke about her relationship with girlfriend Kylie Prew, telling People that they met while on a cruise ship, where Prew asked a question that caught Siwa off guard. "I told her my whole spiel that I tell everyone when they ask me my life story," Siwa explained. "She goes, 'I could have Googled that. I want to know your life story. You just told me about your career. I want to know about you.' And I was like, 'No one's ever asked me that before.'"

Of course, with her coming out, Siwa also had to deal with backlash from conservative fans threatening to boycott her merchandise and content. "I never should have done that," she said of reading negative comments. "I was thinking that all the comments were going to be nice and supportive, and they weren't. ... 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."

In the end, Siwa said that while she's enjoyed a great deal of success already at her young age, she's never felt as good as she does now. "Performing has always made me super happy," she said. "But for the first time, personally, I am like, whoa, happiness. I am so proud to be me."

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