Cool for the summer JoJo Siwa opened up about her journey toward discovering her sexuality — and which fellow celebrities helped her get there.
In a TikTok video posted on Tuesday, October 4, Siwa, 19, participated in the “One Thing About Me” social media trend by sharing her “gay awakening story, in which she listened to Demi Lovato’s 2015 hit “Cool for the Summer” on repeat.
“I really, really liked it and listened to it all the time,” the former Nickelodeon star said on the beat. “I did not know what it meant back then but now that I’m much older and I understand, I know what it means.”
Three years later, the second big moment was when she viewed Jenna DewanPerform a Magic MikeRoutine on Lip Sync Battle. “I pretty much watched it every day. Little me, she didn’t know she was gay,” the Dance MomsAn alum said. “Until…”
Siwa then recalled an experience she had with a man on her first date that led her to conclude that she was gay.
“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,” she explained, before concluding the video, “Immediately knew men are not my thing. My gig is women. Gotta go.”
This isn’t the first time Siwa has mentioned Lovato, 30, and Dewan, 41, in relation to her sexuality.
The High School Musical: The Musical SeriesIn January 2021, Siwa revealed that she was a member LGBTQ+. At the time, Siwa uploaded a photo in which she was wearing a black t-shirt that read, “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”
A few months later, the Nebraska native was on the Camp Rock star’s 4D with Demi LovatoShow and shared more about her journey.
“I’ve been figuring out my gay awakenings recently. I think I realized that my very first gay awakening was Jenna Dewan’s performance on Lip Sync Battle,” Siwa shared with Lovato. At the time “I think that was one of them. But 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.”
The “Skyscraper” songstress, for their part, responded, “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.”
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