Jessie J makes the courageous decision to come out... as straight
The Who We Are singer says that dating girls was a "phase" for her...
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“Don’t lose who you are in the blur of the stars / Just be true to who you are."
You might recognise those lyrics. They're the ones from pop-sensation Jessie J, taken from her uplifting anthem for equality and acceptance Who You Are. A song which gave hope to fans worldwide. The song came along shortly after she burst on to the scene with club stomper Do It Like A Dude in 2010, and carried a sense of poignancy as Jessie later came out as bisexual. She admitted live on air, “I’ve dated girls and I’ve dated boys – get over it”.
This admission meant that Jessie J’s gay fan base erupted, making her a poster girl for confused boys and girls the world over. She reassured them that it’s ok to be Who You Are, regardless of sexuality.
Jessie’s bisexuality came under fire again in an unauthorised biography by Chloe Govan, in which the author claimed that Jessie was in fact a fully fledged lesbian, but agreed to come out as bisexual as it was more 'fashionable', 'trendy' and 'exotic', and meant she wouldn’t 'alienate' homophobes, a decision she only agreed to in fear of losing her recording contract with Universal.
However, in a strange twist, the starlet has made another courageous sexuality-related decision: to come out as straight. Jessie took to Twitter to reveal that she is in fact straight and her bisexuality was just a “phase”, a comment that caused uproar in the gay community.
We fully respect that sexuality is fluid. A lot of people experiment in life, but as somebody who has been a huge activist in equality, frequented tabloids with stories of her bisexuality and acted as a beacon of hope to the gay community, Jessie has left a lot of fans upset and disheartened at being abandoned by their role model. It is with the branding role model that Jessie struggled with, by tweeting, “I don't want to [be] perfect. I don't want to be a role model. It's not real. I want to be real.”
Now, it seems that it’s the realness that the general public are struggling with. How much of it was real? Could Jessie’s bisexual past be, as many appear to suspect, something planned to cause a stir and gain her a towering fan base, or is it just a “phase” that she has now outgrown and regrets dominating the press with?
Either way, she still stands as being a “role model” (even against her wishes) because she has brought to the public’s attention that a label doesn’t stick forever, pigeon holing isn’t good and most importantly people experience a lot of different feelings in life, and that isn’t wrong or abnormal.
Words: Perry Juby, @perryjuby