Last weekend, JoJo Siwa broke the internet when she came out as gay through a casual tweet. The tweet read “My cousin got me a new shirt” and the picture attached was her showing off the said shirt, which had “BEST. GAY. COUSIN. EVER.” on it in bold text.
She then went live on Instagram to express how delighted she was to finally share that part of herself with the world. “I have never, ever, ever been this happy before, and it feels really awesome. Y’all can just tell how happy I am!” she exclaimed. “You guys probably haven’t seen me this happy since I was on tour.”
JoJo Siwa also addressed those asking what specific label she uses. She said that she wasn’t ready to say just yet because she isn’t sure. “I wanna, you know, share everything with the world, I really do. But I also want to keep things in my life private until they’re ready to be public,” she explained. “Right now, what matters is that you guys know that no matter who you love, that it’s okay. And that it’s awesome and the world is there for you!”
JoJo Siwa is one of the biggest teen stars on the internet. Her rise to fame started when she was 11 and appeared on Dance Moms. Since then, she has toured around the world multiple times, appeared on several Nickelodeon shows, and has built an empire of young fans off her image as the iconic rainbow-and-sparkles-clad dancer.
Now, she has millions of followers across platforms – most notably her 12 million subscribers on YouTube alone – who are watching her every move. So, as expected, her coming out at the peak of her career is huge, especially with so many kids looking up to her.
While there has been backlash from less progressive parents, JoJo Siwa has mostly just been responding to and retweeting the outpour of support that the internet has been showing her.
Whether or not you’re a fan, you’ve got to admit that JoJo Siwa coming out is going to have a huge impact. Having an icon with a huge following made up of kids come out means that young fans – especially those who are part of the LGBT+ community themselves – have a role model that reminds them there is nothing wrong with being with queer.