JoJo Siwa has revealed that she was encouraged to come out by her “beautiful” girlfriend.
Last month, the YouTuber and children’s TV star tweeted a picture of herself wearing a t-shirt reading: “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever” following months of speculation about her sexuality.
Siwa, 17, was then flooded with support from her fans and a number of high-profile celebrities, including Lil Nas X and Sir Ian McKellen.
Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (3 February), the singer revealed that she’d been filming videos with a group of LGBTQ+ TikTok creators called the Pride House before sharing the picture, which she suspected was going to “out” her anyway.
“I don’t really mind because it is true, I do have the most amazing, wonderful, perfect, most beautiful girlfriend in the whole world,” she said.
While the speculation continued to rise as Siwa posted a number of LGBTQ+-themed TikToks – including one dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” – she was encouraged to fully come out with the support of her girlfriend.
“One day I was on FaceTime with my girlfriend… and I was like, ‘I kind of just want to post this picture on my [Instagram] Story.’”
Siwa continued: “She was super encouraging, she was like, ‘do it’ and I was like, ‘alright’ and I did it… [then went] back to FaceTiming with her.”
Admitting that it had been “risky” to post the picture, Siwa explained: “If I lost everything that I’ve created because of being myself and because of loving who I want to love, I don’t want it. That’s not what I want if I can’t love who I want to love, it’s one of the most important things to me.
“I’m just so happy because now I get to share what makes me the happiest with the world and it makes my heart so happy.”