Dove Cameron has shared that part of the reason she finally came out publicly as bisexual was because her fans thought she was engaging in queerbaiting.
The 25-year-old actress and singer shared in her cover story for the summer 2021 issue of Gay Times that she had featured gay couples making out in a music video, only for her fans to criticize her because they assumed she was straight.
‘I’ve hinted about my sexuality for years,’ the singer said, though the confusion was the impetus she needed to share her truth.
Clearing things up: Dove Cameron, 25, revealed in her cover story for Gay Times she came out as bisexual after taking her time because fans assumed she was straight and was queerbaiting
The controversy arose over an early video for her song We Belong, which only featured her lyrics and line drawings of couples kissing.
‘I did a lyric video last year, for We Belong. It had moving line drawings of people falling in love… it was all a man and a woman making out and it was a weird moment for me,’ she explained.
‘It was so bizarre that I had to ask to mix in different orientations. People started asking for hints about the video and I used different combinations of emoji couples making out,’ the former Disney star continued.
Dove still was not open about her sexuality by the time the song became popular with the LGBTQ+ community.
‘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.’
Mixup: Dove’s July 2020 lyric video for We Belong featured same-sex couples kissing (at her request), but fans thought she was pretending to be queer to score points with the LGTBQ+ community; seen in March
Getting it over with: The actress came out as bisexual shortly afterward on Instagram Live, and since then she’s even said some of her former Disney characters were secretly queer; seen in 2020
Her solution was to finally be open about herself.
‘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,”‘ she recalled.
Part of why the Descendants star held off on coming out was a fear that her coming out would be brushed aside.
‘I was never confused about who I was,’ she clarified. ‘I felt like I wouldn’t be accepted and I had this strange narrative that people wouldn’t believe me.
‘I hope it helps, that’s why I came out,’ she continued. ‘It felt like something that I could never talk about.
‘I feel like the industry has changed a lot in terms of having room for people with platforms to be human and not to be picked apart,’ she said. ‘I was really nervous to come out and, one day, I dropped it because I was behaving like somebody who was out and I realized I wasn’t. When you are who you are, you assume people see that and then you realize, “No, I have to come out otherwise people aren’t gonna know.”‘
Time for a change: After ending her four-year relationship with Thomas Doherty last year, Dove felt unmoored and struggled ‘to focus on myself’; seen with Doherty in 2019 in West Hollywood
Dove was also at an inflection point when it came to her romantic relationships, which made it more important than ever to open up about her sexuality.
Back in October, she and her Descendants costar Thomas Doherty announced the end of their nearly four-year relationship.
‘I was at the end of a very big chapter closing in my life and I was struggling to focus on myself, so when the relationship ended, I was having a hard time stepping back into my power and focusing on where I was,’ she explained.
The Daytime Emmy winner came out in August of last year, and by October she was already claiming that several of her former characters weren’t straight, though the shows never featured any actual hints as to their sexuality.
Back for more: She’ll return to her character Mal in Disney’s Descendants for the animated film The Royal Wedding, which comes out this summer; seen in 2018
Dove will be returning to the world of her Descendants character Mal in the animated special The Royal Wedding, which will air on the Disney Channel this summer.
She’s also set to appear in a live-action reboot of the popular Cartoon Network series The Powerpuff Girls with Chloe Bennet and Yana Perrault.
The three actresses will be playing the cartoon superheroes as live-action adults as they try to stabilize their lives after losing their childhoods to endless crime fighting.
A pilot was already filmed for the series, but the creators will have to go back to the drawing board after executives for The CW decided it was ‘too campy’ for the network, according to TV Line.
Redo: Dove will star with Chloe Bennet and Yana Perrault in a Powerpuff Girls live-action reboot, but they’ll have to redo the pilot after The CW said it was ‘too campy,’ TV Line reported