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Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui was warned not to come out by her friends and family

Josh Jackman September 21, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Singer Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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Lauren Jauregui was told by friends and family not to come out.

The Fifth Harmony member and fellow bisexual singer Halsey released a love song called Strangers earlier this year which is believed to be the first same-sex love duet to hit mainstream radio.

But Jauregui, who came out as bisexual in a powerful open letter to Trump supporters after November’s election, said it was common for musicians to be told not to reveal their sexuality.

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27:  (L-R) Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, and Ally Brooke of Fifth Harmony perform onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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“A lot of artists are held back by the notion that they’ll lose their fan base or alienate themselves,” she said.

“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?’” Jauregui told Out Magazine in an interview released during Bisexual Awareness Week.

The Cuban-American star also revealed that she had a crush on another girl in high school while growing up in Miami, but felt too guilty to act on her feelings.

“I was in a Latin household and part of a Catholic community,” she said.

“What was I going to do?”

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26:  Singer  Lauren Jauregui of  Fifth Harmony visits "The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show" at Z100 Studio on February 26, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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That’s all behind Jauregui now, though, who hit out at anyone judging her for being bisexual.

“People still talk s***,” she said.

“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 f*** yourself.”

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The singer also revealed that Strangers was originally going to be a heterosexual love song at first – until Halsey sent her a history-altering message.

“I got a text from her: ‘Hey, babe, you can totally shut this down, but I was thinking we could switch the pronouns,’” Jauregui said.

“I was like: ‘Bitch, I was thinking the same thing!’”

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Jauregui has also shown her fearless streak in the political arena, using her words and music to condemn the President.

The star slammed Trump as “disgusting” following his decision to ban trans people from the military and his reaction to white supremacists marching in Charlottesville.

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 19:  (L-R) Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Lauren Jauregui and Dinah-Jane Hansen of Fifth Harmony perform at the 2016 iHeartRADIO MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images)
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On Fifth Harmony’s new self-titled album, a track called Bridges stands out as a clear anti-Trump protest song.

The key lyrics is “we build bridges / Bridges, not walls,” as the band uses the popular line from protests to stand against all of the administration’s divisive policies, including the proposed multi-billion-dollar US-Mexico border wall.

More: bi, bisexual, coming out, Donald Trump, entertainment, family, Fifth Harmony, halsey, Lauren Jauregui, Music, president donald trump, sexuality, strangers, Trump, US, US

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