7 celebrities who have come out as LGBTQ in 2021

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Demi Lovato and JoJo Siwa both came out this year. Rich Polk/E! Entertainment & Denise Truscello / Getty
  • This year, celebrities have come out to their fans in emotional social media posts and interviews.

  • Singers JoJo Siwa, Kehlani, T.J. Osborne, and Demi Lovato have all recently come out.

  • Colton Underwood, the former "Bachelor" star, came out as gay on "Good Morning America."

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In January, pop star JoJo Siwa came out as queer in a viral TikTok video.

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JoJo Siwa. Amy Sussman/Invision/AP

JoJo Siwa — the "Dance Moms" breakout star who turned into a teenage pop star — posted a video of herself dancing to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on TikTok in late January. The 17-year-old followed the video up with a photo on Twitter in which she was wearing a T-shirt that read, "Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever."

Siwa later said her girlfriend, Kylie Prew, inspired her to officially come out to her fans after they met on a cruise ship.

"I like queer," Siwa told People in April. "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."

In February, Country music star T.J. Osborne announced he was gay.

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T.J. Osborne. Terry Wyatt / Getty

T.J. Osborne is the lead vocalist in the country music group Brothers Osborne, which he formed with his brother. Osborne told Time magazine in February that he is gay and has known for years, but he kept it a secret because of country music's mostly conservative fan base.

"People will ask, 'Why does this even need to be talked about?' and personally, I agree with that," Osborne told Time in February. "But for me to show up at an awards show with a man would be jaw-dropping to people. It wouldn't be like, 'Oh, cool!'"

In March, Demi Lovato came out as pansexual.

Demi Lovato has been public about her eating issues for years.
Demi Lovato. C Flanigan/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Demi Lovato has been very open about her private life, including her sexuality, but this year, she revealed she is pansexual. During an interview on "The Joe Rogan Experience," Lovato talked about her fluid attraction.

"I also don't know if I'm going to end up with a guy, so I can't really see myself maybe getting pregnant," Lovato said. "I'm so fluid now — and a part of the reason why I am so fluid is because I was super closed off."

When Rogan followed up asking her if pansexual was the right term to use for her, Lovato said, "Yeah, pansexual."

During an Instagram Live in April, Kehlani came out as a lesbian.

Kehlani
Kehlani. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images

Kehlani has long been a queer icon, coming out as pansexual in the past and using she/they pronouns. This year, though, the singer announced on a friend's Instagram Live that she identifies as a lesbian.

"You wanna know what's new about me? I finally know I'm a lesbian," she said.

In an interview with Advocate, Kehlani explained that coming out isn't easy for every artist.

"I have a lot of privilege," Kehlani told the publication in April. "I think a lot of artists who we talk about and say, 'Oh, they had to come out or they had to do this,' a lot of them can't hide it. A lot of it is very [much] in how they present. It's tougher for trans artists. It's tougher for Black gay men. It's tougher for Black masculine gay women."

Star of "9-1-1: Lone Star" Ronen Rubinstein came out as bisexual in April.

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Ronen Rubinstein. FOX / Getty

Ronen Rubinstein's gay character on "9-1-1: Lone Star" helped him get comfortable with his own sexuality. After realizing that the fans and his family accepted his character, Rubinstein came out to Variety.

"I fully identify as bisexual," Rubinstein told the publication in April. "I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it, it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it."

He went on to explain that his current girlfriend helped him confront his sexuality and helped him with the coming out process.

"I want people to know that this is a hopeful and a happy story," he told Variety. "I want people to know that they're not alone and it's definitely okay. Trust me, I know that it is not easy. My path has not been easy at all, but it's just one more thing that I can share with people to help them and let them know that I'm here for them."

In April, YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous came out as pansexual.

Gigi Gorgeous
Gigi Gorgeous. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Gigi Gorgeous is no stranger to coming out.

"I came out as gay before I transitioned. I came out as transgender and then I came out as gay again," she said in a YouTube video in April. "Honestly, those are some of, if not my best, favorite memories. Searching deep within myself, finding out something different and putting a label on it."

Now, she has come out as pansexual, which she describes as "falling love with the soul of somebody."

"I think that that's one of the most beautiful things ever," she said. "It's profound and amazing to me. When I finally clicked with it and felt it ... it was definitely a light bulb moment."

Most recently, former "Bachelor" star Colton Underwood came out as gay on "Good Morning America."

Colton Underwood
Colton Underwood. Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Underwood came out to Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" in April after previously denying his sexuality to the public.

"I've ran from myself for a long time. I've hated myself for a long time," Underwood said on the show. "And I'm gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. And the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know."

He explained he's known since he was a teenager but prayed he would be straight. Underwood said there were even moments he had suicidal thoughts prior to coming out.

In 2019, Underwood started dating Cassie Rudolph from his season of "The Bachelor," and the pair broke things off in 2020 after Rudolph filed and then dropped a restraining order against the reality star. Underwood told Roberts that he did love Rudolph but wishes he could have "been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else."

"I'm still the same Colton everybody met on TV. I'm still the same Colton to my friends and my family, I just happen to be able to share with people now all of me," he said. "And I am proud of that, you know? I am proud to be gay."

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