JoJo Siwa, the 17-year-old singer, dancer, actor and YouTube personality, has come out as gay.
Siwa first hinted at her sexuality in a TikTok video posted to her over 31 million followers on Thursday. In the video, she dances to “Born This Way,” the 2011 smash hit by Lady Gaga widely regarded as an LGBTQ anthem. The video has earned over 4.5 million likes and 25 million views, by far Siwa’s most popular video on TikTok.
Siwa on Friday shared a photo of herself wearing her signature oversized, sequined bow and a T-shirt that reads, “BEST. GAY. COUSIN. EVER.”
My cousin got me a new shirt pic.twitter.com/DuHhgRto7b
— JoJo Siwa!🌈❤️🎀 (@itsjojosiwa) January 22, 2021
“My cousin got me a new shirt,” she captioned the post.
Lil Nas X, Perez Hilton, and Ellen DeGeneres were among those who showed their support for Siwa.
Show host Ellen DeGeneres, who famously came out on the cover of Time Magazine in 1997, responded to Siwa’s tweet with a heart emoji.
“Old Town Road” artist Lil Nas X, who came out as gay in 2019, was among the first to respond, tweeting: “If u spell ‘swag’ backwards, it’s ‘gay’. Coincidence??”
Gay icon!!!! pic.twitter.com/Mv6i0MCmaC
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) January 22, 2021
currently think about jojo siwa being a positive queer role model for so many young children pic.twitter.com/VkDA4RY4gV
— ethan moore (@ethcmoore) January 22, 2021
society now that jojo siwa has come out pic.twitter.com/rqFr6jGN6Z
— nat (@bub0nicplague) January 22, 2021
the gays are even more powerful now that we have jojo siwa 😌 pic.twitter.com/G1tdKKbHyE
— fenna is listening and simping for lauren ♡ (@fennastam_) January 22, 2021
Siwa rose to fame on the reality show Dance Moms before going on to establish a career as a YouTube star, singer and children’s entertainer.
In September 2020, she was included on Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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