JoJo Siwa says she would 'technically' call herself pansexual but is still figuring out her identity

JoJo Siwa says she would 'technically' call herself pansexual but is still figuring out her identity
JoJo Siwa came out publicly in January as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.Noam Galai/Getty Images
  • JoJo Siwa said in an interview with People that she would "technically" call herself pansexual.
  • Though she's still exploring her identity, "my human is my human," she said in the interview.
  • Siwa came out on social media in January, but did not publicly label her sexuality at the time.

Teen pop icon JoJo Siwa said in a new interview with People that she would "technically" label herself as pansexual, but she's still figuring out her own identity.

Siwa, 17, came out earlier this year as a member of the LGBTQ+ community when she posted a photo of herself wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words, "Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever." One of the biggest pop stars in the world, she's known for her infectiously happy persona. Siwa got her start on the reality television show "Dance Moms" before partnering with Nickelodeon, where she's grown her brand as a "wholesome" star.

After coming out, she said online that she had "never, ever, ever been this happy before" and declined to label herself. In the interview with People, published Wednesday, Siwa shared more about her sexuality.
"Technically I would say that I am pansexual because that's how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human," she told People, echoing statements that she made in a January Instagram Live about finding her "person" regardless of gender.

When Siwa first sparked coming-out rumors in January with a TikTok lip-syncing to Lady Gaga's notable LGBTQ anthem "Born This Way," fans cautioned the public not to label her sexuality. Since then, Siwa has begun to share aspects of her relationship with girlfriend Kylie Prew, whom she met on a cruise, as well as how she handled negativity around her coming out.

While she described herself as pansexual during the People interview, she also ruminated on the various terms she also uses to describe her sexuality - and joked that she's "Ky-sexual," based on her girlfriend Kylie's name.

"I still don't know what I am. It's like, I want to figure it out," she told People. "But like, I don't know, bisexual, pansexual, queer, lesbian, gay, straight. I always just say gay because it just kind of covers it." Siwa added: "or queer because I think the keyword is cool."

Queer therapists and media experts previously told Insider that Siwa's coming out could be incredibly important to both LGBTQ+ kids and their parents. They also said it marked a major leap forward for queer representation in family-oriented media.