주말 동안, the 18-year-old 댄스맘 alum shared a reflective message on Instagram, commemorating her decision to come out as gay and detailing the emotions she has experienced since.
“In the last 364 days I’ve felt more love than ever,” Siwa began in the caption of her 우편, which was written alongside the photo she first posted when she came out. The shot shows her wearing a black shirt with the message “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.” written across it in blue font.
Noting that she gets “asked a lot” 만약 coming out was scary, the Nickelodeon star said, “The answer is yes of course, anything that’s different about you is scary, however… it’s what makes me… me. so I had no fear with sharing it with the world❤️.”
Siwa also explained that she also gets asked often if she was worried about telling her young fans about her sexuality. 답으로, 그녀는 설명했다: “Truthfully I feel like I was put on this earth to be a role model for kids, and letting all the kids of the world know that loving everyone for who they are no matter what is something that I will always believe in and always share❤️.”
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Continuing her message of love and acceptance, Siwa wrote, “Please never forget that no matter who you are, what you look like, who you LOVE that you are absolutely perfect.”
“Thank you for showing me the most love throughout this year and throughout my entire life. I love you all❤️???️?,” 그녀는 결론.
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댓글 섹션에서, Siwa received an outpouring of love from her celebrity friends, who celebrated her coming out anniversary alongside her.
“Love you ❤️❤️❤️❤️,” wrote YouTube personality Gigi Gorgeous 같이 패리스 힐튼 말했다, “Love and miss you sis. ? 네가 너무 자랑스러워!????.” Added Siwa’s mother, 제살린 시와: “Love you so much ❤️and so proud of everything you do, the big things and the little things ❤️.”
관련 영상: Kids Interview JoJo Siwa
4월에 다시, 시바 chatted with PEOPLE about her coming out journey and how her decision was inspired by then-girlfriend Kylie Prew. (Siwa featured her PEOPLE cover in her collage marking her coming out anniversary.)
“I never wanted [my coming out] to be a big deal,” 그녀는 당시 말했다. “I’ve known since I was little. I have a lot that could have gone away because of my love life.”
And though a majority of the reaction to her coming out was positive, Siwa explained to PEOPLE that there were some negative takes as well.
Sharing that she Googled herself, 시와가 말했다, “I never should have done that. I was thinking that all the comments were going to be nice and supportive, and they weren’t. 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.”
But Siwa found clarity: “My thing is, I don’t want people to watch my videos or buy my merchandise if they aren’t going to support not only me, but the LGBTQ community.”