JoJo Siwa is telling her coming out journey by participating in the latest “One Thing About Me” TikTok trend. According to the Nickelodeon star, one of her inspirations was Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” song in 2015. The song, which talks about wanting to have a summer fling with another woman, left a lasting impression on her when she was only 12.
She said, “I really, really liked it and listened to it all the time. I did not know what it meant back then but now that I’m much older and I understand, I know what it means.”
The Dance Moms alum, who is now 19, recalled, “Then a few years later, Jenna Dewan went on Lip Sync Battle. She did a really great Magic Mike number. I pretty much watched it every day. Little me, she didn’t know she was gay, until…”
JoJo also recalled the moment she realized her sexuality. She said, “A couple years later, a man was my first date and he wanted to have sex with me and I did not want to—never wanted to, grossed out by the thought of it. Immediately knew men are not my thing. Women are my gig. Gotta go.”
In January 2021, JoJo finally came out as gay. She then went on to tell her coming out journey with Demi on 4D With Demi Lovato.
“I think i realized that my very first gay awakening was Jenna Dewan’s performance on Lip Sync Battle,” she said. “I think that was one of them. But then, do you remember your dancer, her name is JoJo Gomez and you did ‘Cool for the Summer’ together. I remember seeing that and just being a little too interested.”
Meanwhile, Demi came out as non-binary in 2021. She told JoJo, “I didn’t come out until like 2017. But ‘Cool for the Summer’ was like, 2014, 2015, so that, to me, it was my way of saying I’m not ready to come out.”
JoJo added, “But like, I want to share this but I don’t know how yet.”
JoJo later on went public with her relationship with Kylie Prew whom she dated on and off until August. In September, she confirmed dating Avery Cyrus.