The 17-year-old star appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday where she said she has a girlfriend whom she referred to as “the most amazing, wonderful, perfect, most beautiful girlfriend in the whole world.” She added that her partner was also “super encouraging” when she finally decided to come out.
She said, “I was doing TikTok with the people in the Pride House… and I’m like, ‘I think this TikTok is going to out me. I was like, ‘I don’t really mind, it is true. I do have the most amazing, wonderful, perfect, most beautiful girlfriend in the whole world. It’s not something I’m ashamed of, I just haven’t shown the internet yet.'”
She also mentioned that her family and friends were aware but it was her girlfriend who really influenced her into coming out publicly.
She recalled, “The day after I posted on TikTok, I was on FaceTime with her and we were talking about it, and talking about all of the love that came in and technically I still hadn’t confirmed it. And I was like, I kind of want to post this picture [wearing a ‘Best Gay Cousin Ever’ shirt]… She was super encouraging like, ‘Do it!’ I was like, ‘Alright, I did it.'”
She said she was aware of how scary it is to come out but then she realized she had to tell people the truth. She explained, “Even if there’s a million people that don’t accept it, there’s a hundred million that do. Also, I don’t want it to be such a big thing. Like, what am I going to do? Have a coming out party? No, it’s just who I am.”
The Nickelodeon star admitted that she’s spending most of her time talking on the phone with her girlfriend. “I was like, ‘Technically it was a really big risk posting that… but 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 . If I can’t love who I want to love, that’s one of the most important things to me.”
“About 10 minutes before I came out to do this interview today, I was again on the phone with my girl and I started crying,” she revealed. “She’s like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ I’m like, ‘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.'”