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JoJo Siwa: YouTube star ‘never been this happy’ after coming out

JoJo Siwa attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on February 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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YouTube star JoJo Siwa has told fans she has “never been so happy” after coming out on social media.

In a post on Twitter, the teenager shared a photo of herself wearing a T-Shirt with the words ‘Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.’ printed on it.

She later told fans she was not ready to put a label on her sexuality, but that coming out felt “awesome”.

Celebrities including Paris Hilton and Ellen DeGeneres supported the 17-year-old on social media.

Siwa first found fame on the reality show Dance Moms, which documented the tantrums and triumphs of a group of pre-teen dancers in Pennsylvania. The American dancer, singer and YouTuber – known for her massive colourful hair bows – now has millions of followers.

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Her tweet on Friday was liked more than one million times.

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On Saturday, she said in an Instagram Live post that she had “never ever been this happy”.

Responding to a fan who asked what “label” she was, she said: “I don’t really know this answer. I think humans are awesome. I think humans are really incredible people.”

“Right now, I’m super duper happy and I want to share everything with the world, I really do, but I also want to keep things in my life private until they are ready to be public,” she added.

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While acknowledging that everyone’s experience is different, Siwa said that coming out “has this stigma around it – that it’s a really, really, really scary thing, but it’s not anymore”.

Siwa also said she had “always believed that my person was going to be my person and if that person happened to be a boy great and if that person happened to be a girl great.”

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