Days before Pride Month, Dove Cameron opened up about her decision to become gay and the importance of her relationship with her LGBTQ + fans in a touching interview for the summer issue of The Gay time. “I have been hinting at my sexuality for years while being afraid to explain it to everyone,” Dove said, adding that she refused to compromise her identity any longer. “I was never confused about who I was. [But] I felt like I wouldn’t be accepted and I had this weird tale that people wouldn’t believe me. “
After seeing her celebrity models, including Ben Platt, Kristen Stewart, and Cara Delevingne being their real, authentic selves, Dove wondered if she could do the same. “It was like something I could never talk about,” she said. “I feel like the industry has changed a lot in terms of space for people with platforms to be human and not separate. I was really nervous to go out, and one day I was there. gave up because I was behaving like someone who was out and realized I wasn’t. “
“I choose to love myself, to be who I am every day and not to change myself based on the room I am in. I don’t apologize for who I am.”
Dove first spoke about her sexuality on an Instagram Live in August 2020. “I went to Instagram Live and said, ‘Guys, I really needed to explain something to you. Maybe I didn’t say it, but I’m a great queer. It’s something that I want to represent through my music because that’s what I am, ”she recalls. “Since then I’ve had such an amazing relationship with my fans and we have this very safe space that we’ve created.”
In an interview with Refinery29 on July 13, Dove added, “I never pretended to be what I wasn’t. But thanks to the public recognition of my sexuality, I feel like I’m living my life. more naked. ” On June 7, Dove spoke with Entertainment tonight how vulnerable she felt after coming out in public because she was always open about her sexuality in her private life. “There is a lot of emotion surrounding my coming out that I hadn’t really anticipated. Because I have always been in my private life,” she said. “I’m usually the one who wishes a Happy Pride Month and sees myself as an ally. So yes, it’s special. It’s special.”
Since becoming queer, Dove has been hoping that living her life as herself inspires fans in similar situations to do the same. “I’m not a label person, but I would say I’m queer and that’s probably my most accurate way of portraying myself,” she said. “With the dating process, it was about who I am as a whole rather than who I choose to date or sleep with. I choose to love myself, to be who I am every day and not to not change me depending on what room I’m in. I don’t apologize for who I am.