JoJo Siwa has been supported by Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller after coming out as gay.
The YouTube star recently opened up about her sexuality, and introduced her girlfriend Kylie Prew to fans, with viewers sharing the love for the 17-year-old.
Abby, who mentored JoJo when she appeared on two seasons of the TV show Dance Moms, with the pair staying close ever since, said of the star: ‘I’m very proud, I’m very proud.’
Asked by Entertainment Tonight how hard it might have been for JoJo to hide her sexuality, the 55-year-old explained: ‘I don’t think she hides anything really. I think maybe she just didn’t know.’
She added that she’s had many students struggle with their sexuality, but JoJo was a little different as her life is so public.
‘Her life is for the whole world to know about,’ Abby continued. ‘Every single thing that she’s doing with social media now, everybody knows what we’re doing and what we’re up to at every moment. And we tell them, we share it.
‘So for her to make that statement and to share that, that’s what she wanted to do.’
Meanwhile, JoJo has been celebrating Kylie’s birthday, sharing a sweet photo of the pair of them both donning onesies on her Instagram Stories.
‘It’s my human’s birthday! I am so thankful to have you in my life,’ she wrote, before adding: ‘I love you’ and repeating it five more times.
Speculation was sparked about JoJo’s sexuality when she lip-synced along to Lady Gaga’s song Born This Way while wearing a rainbow outfit.
While fans pointed out that no one should label the teen’s sexuality until she wanted to, she came out a few days later, wearing a T-shirt she’d been gifted that read: ‘Best gay cousin ever.’
The star, who said she’s ‘never been this happy’, also spoke out about her girlfriend Kylie, who she was best friends with for a year before dating, and shared snaps as the pair celebrated their first Valentine’s Day together.
Meanwhile, JoJo previously opened up about her close bond with Abby, years after she starred on Dance Moms.
‘We’re still really close. It’s really good seeing her because I wouldn’t be where I am today without her,’ JoJo said.
‘We have the kind of bond that will be forever, even if we don’t see each other for years to come – 50 years from now, we’ll still be close.’