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Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui on her sexuality: “Even the fact that I labeled myself makes me mad sometimes”

Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jauregui recently sat down with Out Magazine, where she opened up on her sexuality, growing up in the spotlight and her music.

On her sexuality being scrutinized before coming out as bisexual:

“That messed me up, growing up in the public eye when I was a teenage. That’s when everyone is trying to find themselves.”

On singing about girls on the song ‘Strangers’ with Halsey:

“I got a text from her: ‘Hey, babe, you can totally shut this down, but I was thinking we could switch the pronouns [from he to she]. I was like, ‘Bitch, I was thinking the same thing!’”

“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.”

On coming out as bi:

“Even the fact that I labeled myself makes me mad sometimes, because dude, I’m just a free spirit.”

“A lot of artists are held back [from coming out] by the notion that they’ll lose their fan base or alienate themselves. Even friends and family would tell me to keep it to myself. But the more I thought about it, the more I was like, Why?”

“People still talk shit. 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 fuck yourself.”

Lauren Jauregui for OUT Magazine

On her music:

“I want to make music that makes people feel things and think differently and want to be on [my] side of thinking,” Jauregui says, sitting in a coffee shop in Los Angeles, her eyes dancing. “Like, come be cool with me.”

“There’s this notion that artists are supposed to be dumb and frivolous. I completely disagree with that. Madonna, Bob Marley, John Lennon—they didn’t talk about bullshit.”

Check out Lauren’s full feature here!

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