Lauren Jauregui came out as bisexual on November 19, 2016 – just days after Donald Trump won the presidential election. The Fifth Harmony singer wrote a letter to her supporters about who she is, a bisexual Cuban American woman, and why she’s proud of that. Ever since this pivotal moment in Lauren’s life and career, she has been completely honest and open about her sexual orientation. The pop star revealed that she was in an on and off relationship with another woman for a couple of years and how her life has changed since she decided to publicly come out.

However, Lauren’s biggest bombshell yet dropped when she chatted with Out magazine about growing up as a bisexual woman, revealing that her family and friends told her not to come out when she entered the higher ranks of fame. Lauren said, “A lot of artists are held back 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?'”

Our jaws nearly dropped at this point in the interview, but she had a valid point — and she continued to make them. She confessed that growing up in Miami and having feelings for a girl in her high school was difficult to cope with. “I was in a Latin household and part of a Catholic community. What was I going to do?” Although Lauren has finally opened up about identifying as bisexual, even that is hard to deal with because she hates putting a label on her life.

“Even the fact that I labeled myself makes me mad sometimes, because dude, I’m just a free spirit,” she continued. Lauren has most recently been linked to male rapper Ty Dolla $ign, who collaborated with 5H on their hit song, “Work From Home.” The pair has yet to verbally confirm their romantic relationship, but Lauren still has feelings about what people will think and say if, at some point in the future, photos surface of her kissing another girl.

“People still talk sh-t. But it’s like, why does it make you feel gross? You can watch [someone] get bombed and not do anything about it, but you can’t watch me kiss my girlfriend? Go f-ck yourself,” she explained.

To be honest, we can’t imagine how hard this must be, especially when so many people are giving Lauren all different opinions and she just wants to be herself. However, it’s pretty apparent she’s got a good handle on it all.

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