After hinting at it last week, JoJo Siwa, the 17-year-old actor, singer, dancer, and Youtube personality, just came out on Twitter.
Siwa first rose to fame on the Lifetime reality series “Dance Moms” and soon moved on to other projects. Her fashion, accessories and music captivated audiences all across the internet. She signed with Nickelodeon in 2017 and appeared in the TV movie “Blurt,” “Lip Sync Battle Shorties,” and is the youngest contestant ever on Fox’s “The Masked Singer.”
Siwa released a TikTok video on Thursday in which she sang Lady Gaga’s LGBTQ+ anthem “Born this Way,” and the world turned their eyes on her. The video hit more than 4.5 million likes and 25 million views, by far Siwa’s most popular video on TikTok.
Several prominent YouTube influencers, such as James Charles, Colleen Ballinger, Nikkie de Jager, Bretman Rock and more, congratulated and praised her.
It was the lines Siwa recited “No matter gay, straight or bi/lesbian, transgender life / I’m on the right track, baby, I was born to survive,” that left many of her 31.3 million followers guessing whether she was coming out.
Siwa has been a long time LGBTQ+ advocate: She lit up the internet when she visited TikTok collective Pride House LA, and has been collaborating with Queer Tik Tokers ever seen.
In 2018, she was even asked about her “gay icon status,” by drag queen Izzy Uncot and Poppy. According to Out, she responded that she feels comfortable around everyone and wants everyone to feel comfortable around her, and that she loves and supports people for who they are, with no exclusions.
Luckily, we didn't have to wonder for long. On Friday, Siwa posted a photo of herself wearing a shirt that reads “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.” saying that her cousin got it for her. That was a solid enough message, and her fans from Nickelodeon and Youtube, including other social media stars, did not wait to welcome Siwa into the LGBTQ+ community with open arms.
“if u spell ‘swag’ backwards, it’s ‘gay.’ coincidence??” wrote Lil Nas X, who publicly came out on Twitter in June 2019.
“WE LOVE THIS FOR YOU,” influencer Brenna D’Amico wrote in the comments of the TikTok video.
“I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU,” wrote beauty influencer James Charles.
We at Pride Palace congratulate Siwa on coming out and welcome her to this amazing community which keeps growing more and more beautiful every day.
Congratulations and welcome, Jojo Siwa!