Out and proud Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui was told to conceal her sexuality early in her career, according to the singer. Jauregui came out as bisexual in 2016. Now Jauregui claims that executives from her record label applied heavy pressure for her to keep quiet. She even claims her family tried to keep her from coming out. She saw the pressures as both ironic and hypocritical. Jauregui questions why people seem to have no problem with violence, but object to affection between two gay people.
“But it’s like, why does it make you feel gross?” Jauregui said in an Out magazine interview. “You can watch a kid get bombed and not do anything about it, but you can’t watch me kiss my girlfriend? Go f— yourself.”
The singer came out as bisexual to raise awareness during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, when candidate Trump stoked feelings of bigotry in the public. In an open letter, Jauregui spoke of her pride as a Latina woman, and as a bisexual.
Jauregui does express some regret about labeling herself as bisexual. She considers herself more sexually fluid, and eschews use of sexual labels in general. The singer stresses, however, that she does not have regrets about speaking out about her sexuality. She encourages others to be out and proud.
Lauren Jauregui becomes the latest musician to comment about homophobia within the entertainment industry. Other singers, including Lady Gaga, Elton John and Lance Bass have spoken of the pressures within the industry to not discuss their sexuality. For Jauregui, however, these pressures don’t seem to matter.
“Love yourself,” Jauregui said. “That’s the most rebellious thing you can do right now.”