JoJo Siwa says she 'couldn't sleep for 3 days' after coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community

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JoJo Siwa says she 'couldn't sleep for 3 days' after coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community
JoJo Siwa is best known for her work with Nickelodeon.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
  • JoJo Siwa opened up to People about her experience coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community.
  • She said she was previously upset by harsh comments online, and couldn't sleep for three days.
  • Today, Siwa describes herself as pansexual and says she's happier than ever before.

JoJo Siwa is opening up about some of the difficulties she faced after coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community.

In an interview with People, Siwa said that after announcing via social media in January that she has a girlfriend - 19-year-old Kylie Prew - the Nickelodeon star said she made the mistake of reading negative comments about herself online.

"I never should have done that," Siwa said of Googling herself. "I was thinking that all the comments were going to be nice and supportive, and they weren't."

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She added: "A lot of them were, 'I'm never buying your merch again. My daughter's never watching you again.' I couldn't sleep for three days."

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Siwa said in January that she wasn't ready to label her sexuality, and she told People that she still isn't entirely sure - though she wants "to figure it out."

For now, Siwa says she jokingly refers to herself as "Ky-sexual," a reference to her girlfriend, and is also comfortable with the labels gay and queer because she feels the words "just kind of cover it."

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Still, Siwa says she's "technically" pansexual.

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Siwa also shared some details about her girlfriend, who she met on a cruise ship.

"I told her my whole spiel that I tell everyone when they ask me my life story," Siwa said. "She goes, 'I could have Googled that. I want to know your life story. You just told me about your career. I want to know about you.' And I was like, 'No one's ever asked me that before.'"

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Today, Siwa has seemingly come to terms with those who criticize her sexuality, telling People that she doesn't want people to support her if they won't also support the LGBTQ community. She also noted that she's received major "support from the world" after coming out.

"I think this is the first time that I've felt so personally happy," she said.

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