JoJo Siwa tells Demi Lovato about her gay awaking: The 18-year-old reality star talked about her experience coming out while performing on the Lovato podcast.
Demi Lovato’s performance of one of her biggest hits inadvertently helped JoJo Siva realize she was attracted to women, the teen reality star said during an appearance on the Lovato podcast.
In Wednesday’s episode, Siva talked about her decision to open up as a member of the LGBTQ community and recalled moments that helped define her “gay awakening.”
The former “Dance Moms” star said she distinctly remembers one of Lovato’s performances on tour with “Cool for the Summer” and said she was won over by Lovato’s interactions with the sophomore dancer.
“I remember seeing it and just being a little too interested,” Siva recalled, which made Lovato laugh.
Siva, 18, told how her friend, Kylie Prue, was affected by that very concert performance.
She was there with her mom and said: “After the concert, my mom said: “Great show, wasn’t it?” And Kylie said, ‘Yeah, great,'” Siva recalled.
The anecdote seemed to delight Lovato, who responded, “Wow, I’m so happy I could do the part.”
Lovato, who declared herself non-binary in May, uses her podcast “4D With Demi Lovato” as a platform to talk about identity and share personal stories.
During their conversation, Siva called herself a “walking rainbow” and said her family and friends always envisioned her coming out one day.
“It was all so natural; it just had to happen,” she said.
One of those friends is now her friend, whom Siva said she met on a cruise, and Siva was happy to explain to Lovato how she and Preu took their friendship to the next level.
“I knew as soon as I saw her, like, ‘Wow, she’s really pretty, and I really like her.’ But I just thought, ‘Oh, like a friend,'” she recalls. “When we became best friends, I thought, ‘Mmm, I don’t think so.
Siva and Prue, who live across the country, spent Christmas together in Orlando, Florida, Siva said. The trip made her realize she had romantic feelings for her best friend, she said.
“I couldn’t escape my feelings. The tension was such that you could cut it with a knife. It was crazy,” she said. “I was with her through her boyfriend and she was with me through my boyfriend, and we both never said anything to each other, but we were both secretly very jealous of each other anytime we were with someone else.”
Speaking to Siva, Lovato praised the young star for her courage and for being so honest with her subscribers.
“I want to give you credit and thank you for opening up because I know how hard it is for anyone,” Lovato said. “But especially having someone get their act together at your age and realize their identity is really powerful and I think inspiring to a lot of people, especially young people who are waiting until they’re much older to open up.”