- JoJo Siwa appeared to confirm that she was coming out in a social media post on Friday.
- She posted a photo of herself wearing a shirt that said “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”
- TikTok posts from earlier in the week had fueled speculation that the 17-year-old pop star was coming out.
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Following speculation that JoJo Siwa was coming out in several TikTok videos, the teenage pop star appears to have confirmed that she’s a member of the LGBTQ community by posting a photo of herself wearing a shirt that says “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”
Earlier in the week, Siwa posted a video on TikTok in which she lip-synced along to Lady Gaga’s seminal queer anthem “Born This Way,” while wearing a bow with rainbows on it and one of her own hoodies. She also appeared in a TikTok video captioned with the hashtag #pridehousela alongside several stars from Disney Channel’s “Teen Beach Movie;” in it, Siwa lip-synced to the lyric “baby now you’re one of us” from Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun.”
The TikTok posts prompted speculation that Siwa, 17, was coming out. At the time, many remarked that others should refrain from labeling Siwa until she chose to do so herself.
A photo that she posted on both Twitter and Instagram on Friday afternoon appears to confirm the speculation. My cousin got me a new shirt,” Siwa captioned a photo in which she’s wearing a shirt that reads “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”
—JoJo Siwa!?❤️? (@itsjojosiwa) January 22, 2021
Siwa is both a pop star and social media influencer in her own right — originally from Omaha, NE, she rose to fame as a contestant on “Dance Moms” before launching a successful pop career. Time Magazine named her one of its 100 most influential people in 2020, with Kim Kardashian West writing of her at the time that “JoJo is never ashamed to be herself, which can be really hard to do in this industry, especially when you’re so young.”
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