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Lauren Jauregui Was Warned NOT to Come Out as Bisexual Before the Reveal

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Lauren Jauregui has always been one to speak what’s on her mind, but after admitting she was advised to keep her sexuality to herself in Fifth Harmony‘s early days, she’s now opening up about her brave decision to come out to the public.

It’s never an easy feat coming out to family and friends, but imagine coming out to the entire world. Lauren explains why she was advised to keep her sexuality to herself in an interview with Out magazine. “A lot of artists are held back by the notion that they’ll lose their fan base or alienate themselves,” she explained.

Lauren first came out to the public as bisexual in a letter she wrote to President Donald Trump back in 2016, but was even advised by the people closest to her not to come out. “Even friends and family would tell me to keep it to myself,” she admitted. “But the more I thought about it, the more I was like, ‘Why?'”

Although it’s clear that her loyal fan base, for the most part, commends her for being so open about her sexuality, possibly respecting her even more, she revealed that she still gets criticized for it from time to time. “People still talk sh*t. But it’s like, ‘Why does it make you feel gross? You can watch a kid get bombed and not do anything about it, but you can’t watch me kiss my girlfriend? Go f*ck yourself.'”

But even the 21-year-old musician admitted that she feels uncomfortable labeling herself as ‘bisexual’ as she’d rather be labeled as nothing more than a ‘free-spirit’. And when asked about the duet she did with Halsey called “Strangers,” Lauren recalled Halsey’s text to her asking her to switch the pronouns from ‘he’ to ‘she’, to which Lauren said she was thinking the same thing.

Lauren talked more about the duet and its importance to her, saying, “To me the song is culturally valuable because people are feeling so invalidated and distant from themselves, like they should be ashamed of who they are. It’s good to be an anarchist and just love yourself. That’s the most rebellious thing you can do right now.”