Dove Cameron Explains Why She Revealed Her Sexuality When She Did

Dove Cameron recently revealed herself as a proud, gorgeous, and happy bisexual young woman (via the Daily Mail). In the midst of a successful music career and riding high on Disney stardom, this future PowerPuff girl simply shined on the cover of Gay Time's summer issue. Although for fans who were paying attention, this cover actually happened almost a year after Cameron came out to fans on Instagram Live, "I went on Instagram Live and said 'Guys, I really needed to explain something to you. Maybe I haven't said it, but I'm super queer. This is something I want to represent through my music because it's who I am'" (via Gay Times).

It's Cameron's music that actually spawned her public proclamation. Sharing her story for the magazine cover, the singer comments that her addition of LGBTQ+ couples in her music video was taken by many fans as a form of queerbaiting. For those unfamiliar, you can think of queerbaiting as watching your favorite movie leads flirt, get close, and experience amazing chemistry and then suffer as they are ripped back into straight relationships (via Pink News). For pop culture fans, think Poe Dameron and Finn or Betty and Veronica, not JD and Turk (that's a bromance, different). By falsely alluding to a gay romance, they draw in LGBTQ+ audiences for a big let down.

Far from queerbaiting, Cameron tells interviewers that she couldn't understand why no one else was even considering casting same sex couples.

Love is love and Dove is Dove

"It was so bizarre that I had to ask to mix in different orientations," Dove Cameron explained. "People started asking for hints about the ['We Belong'] video and I used different combinations of emoji couples making out. When the song came out, everybody got the idea that the song was a big LGBTQ+ anthem song and I found myself in this position where everyone thought I was queerbaiting." It was important to the fan-favorite actor to be inclusive and add representation to her own work. Unlike many of her past, highly structured roles, her music provided more room for her own identity.

Sharing more on her choice to be open, Cameron describes her preferred label as queer — it works best for her (via People). In her interview with Gay Times, she further discusses, "I was never confused about who I was, I felt like I wouldn't be accepted and I had this strange narrative that people wouldn't believe me." And for what she hopes to achieve, says Cameron, "I hope it helps, that's why I came out."

Love is love and we couldn't be happier for this rising star. We, too, hope it helps.