JoJo Siwa told Demi Lovato she had a “gay awakening” thanks to their song “Cool For the Summer” in a new interview with the singer themself.
The viral star appeared on the 4D With Demi Lovato podcast series and explained how she has recently been examining when it was she realised she was part of the LGBT+ community.
Siwa explained that one such “gay awakening” happened when she saw American actor Jenna Dewan on Lip Sync Battle in 2018.
She also credited Lovato with helping her realising her sexuality in a round-about way.
“Do you remember your dancer, her name is JoJo Gomes, and you did ‘Cool for the Summer’ together?” JoJo Siwa asked Demi Lovato.
“I remember seeing that and just being a little too interested – just a little too.”
Siwa said she had been talking to her girlfriend, Kylie Prew, about their gay awakenings when they realised Lovato had triggered realisations for them both.
Prew told Siwa she went to a concert during Lovato’s “Cool For the Summer” era when she was younger that sparked something inside her.
Lovato, who had been laughing throughout Siwa’s tale, said they were “so happy” Siwa and her girlfriend identified with the song because it was a sort-of coming out song for them.
“When I did ‘Cool for the Summer’, that song for me was my way of sharing with the world without confirming that I was bisexual,” Lovato explained.
They continued: “But like I said, I didn’t come out until 2017. But ‘Cool for the Summer’ was like 2014, 2015, and that to me, it was my way of saying ‘I’m not ready to come out but’…”
“I want to share this, but I don’t know how yet,” Siwa said, filling in their sentence.
JoJo Siwa came out in January after posting a photo of herself proudly wearing a shirt with the words “best gay cousin ever” scrawled across it. Only a few short weeks later, she revealed to the world that she has a girlfriend and was actually inspired to come out by her “amazing, wonderful, perfect” partner.
The 18-year-old has been open about their relationship on social media, frequently sharing adorable photos and clips of the couple.