“I’ve hinted about my sexuality for years while being afraid to spell it out for everybody,” the Disney star told Gay Times in May 2021. “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.’”
As for why she decided to come out, Dove explained that she wanted to find herself. “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,” the actress shared.
The songstress was able to find herself through music! In April 2021, she sparked dating speculation after packing on the PDA with a new guy during her “Lazy Baby” music video. Fans immediately wondered whether or not she was dating fellow musician Alexander 23. Just one day after news broke that her ex-boyfriend introduced his new love to fans, the blonde beauty shared a pretty passionate kiss during her highly anticipated music video. While she didn’t confirm who she was dating, in September 2021, Dove did reveal that she is “dating someone right now.”
“This was a lot easier when I had a very public boyfriend,” the actress joked in her WIRED autocomplete interview. “Because everyone just knew everything.”
Previously, the former Liv and Maddie star was in two high-profile relationships. The most recent was with Descendants costar Thomas, whom she was with for three years before announcing their October 2020 split in December of that same year.
“We know there have been some rumors and confusion lately about the status of our relationship and we wanted to set the record straight,” Dove shared via Instagram Stories at the time. “In October, Thomas and I decided to part ways. The decision was incredibly difficult, but we still have love for each other, and will remain friends. Thank you for allowing us our privacy in this time.”
Before calling it quits, Dove and Thomas even talked about marriage during an interview with Entertainment Tonight in November 2019. “I think, if I’m going to marry anyone, it’s going to be him,” she said at the time.
Speaking of marriage, the former Disney star almost walked down the aisle with ex Ryan McCartan, whom she was with for four years. They announced their split in 2016, and have both moved on. It’s no secret that Dove has had her fair share of long-term relationships over the years, but when chatting with Paper magazine in July 2020, she opened up about her “internal battle between being a really independent person” and being a romantic. “I am not, by nature, somebody’s girlfriend, by any means,” she added.
During an April 2021 interview with NYLON, Dove opened up about her dating life. “I’ve never been on a real date!” she admitted “I’ve only dated two people and I fell in love with them at work. But I have my first real date tomorrow, so I’ll let you know how that goes.”
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