Many people remember JoJo Siwa from the later seasons of “Dance Moms” as the girl with the bow (famously referred to as JoJo with the Bow Bow). She rose to fame during and after her run on “Dance Moms” from 2015 to 2019, releasing the 2016 song Boomerang, becoming a popular YouTuber with more than 12 million subscribers, and launching clothing lines at both Target and Walmart. Her main following is and always has been young girls, obsessed with her sparkles, positivity and dancing.
In January 2021 the former “Dance Moms” star made a Tik Tok video mouthing the words to Born This Way by Lady Gaga, raising speculation that Siwa was coming out as gay. Later that month, after dropping multiple Easter eggs hinting at her coming out, Siwa finally confirmed the rumors by posting a picture of herself on Twitter wearing a shirt that said, “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”
The following day Siwa went live on Instagram saying, “I always believed that my person was just going to be my person. And if that person happened to be a boy, great, and if that person happened to be a girl, great! … Right now I’m super-duper happy, and I want to share everything with the world.”
Siwa Told Demi Lovato She Came Out After Falling in Love With a Girl
In July 2021, Siwa revealed on the podcast 4D with Demi Lovato that she was waiting for the right relationship before publicly coming out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. “I was like, ‘I’ll wait until I actually have a girlfriend or I have a girl that I’m in love with and I’ll do something with it.’ And that happened,” Siwa said. The interview came after Siwa went public with her relationship with Kylie Prew via an Instagram post in February 2021: “After being my best friend for over a year, January 8th 2021 I got to start calling this exceptional human my Girlfriend… and since then I’ve been the happiest I have ever been!”
After watching Siwa don rainbow attire and flamboyant costumes the past few years, her coming out was no surprise for many, though some were surprised and felt Siwa’s coming out was inappropriate for her younger fan base.
“I was thinking that all the comments were going to be nice and supportive, and they weren’t. 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,” Siwa told People. Siwa continued, saying, “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.”
Siwa Says Lovato Played a Role in Her ‘Gay Awakening’
Siwa and Lovato’s conversation about their sexualities resonated deeply with many, since the two have similar experiences, both growing up in the spotlight under intense pressure to be role models for young girls. Lovato has said she also struggled with publicly coming out, as well as embracing their sexuality and gender. Most recently, Lovato came out as nonbinary.
Siwa went on to tell Lovato that they had played a part in her own “gay awakening” after seeing Lovato perform “Cool for the Summer”: “I remember seeing that and just being a little too interested,” Siwa said.
Prew, Siwa’s girlfriend, had a similar experience, Siwa told Lovato: “She was there with her mom, and she said, ‘After the show, my mom said, ‘Great show, wasn’t it?” And Kylie was like, ‘Yup, so great.’”
Lovato reminisced on that performance, saying, “I didn’t come out until 2017. But ‘Cool for the Summer’ was like 2014, 2015, and that to me, it was my way of saying, ‘I’m not ready to come out but…’”
Both Siwa and Lovato have become gay icons of Gen Z, so we will definitely be hearing from the two of them soon.