Bella Thorne reveals she’s ‘actually pansexual’
Bella Thorne has come out as pansexual.
Opening about her sexuality during an appearance on Good Morning America, the former Disney Channel singer-actor – who previously described herself as bisexual – said that she discovered she’s “actually a pansexual” after someone explained to her “really thoroughly what that is.”
“I didn’t know that,” Thorne noted. “You like beings. You like what you like.
“Doesn’t have to be a girl or a guy, or a he or she, or they or this or that. It’s literally you like personality. You just like a being.”
“[It] doesn’t really matter what’s going on,” the 21-year-old added. “If I just like it, I like it!”
Bisexuality and pansexuality are often used interchangeably within the LGBT+ community but typically, it’s assumed the latter is slightly more inclusive as those who identify with it tend to adopt a “hearts not parts” mentality. In its most basic terms, being bisexual means that someone is attracted to more than one gender.
Bella Thorne says coming out negatively affected her acting career
Thorne initially came out as bisexual in August 2016, when a fan asked her whether she identified that way on Twitter after photographs of her kissing Bella Pendergast emerged online.
“Yes,” the 21-year-old candidly replied, quote-tweeting the question to appear on her profile.
In January 2019, she told Gay Times magazine that coming out took a toll on her acting career, revealing that she’d lost roles since being open about who she is.
There were a few places on the acting side that were very negative about it,” said the Famous in Love star. “There was someone who, right after I came out, cancelled my audition.
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“It’s not like anybody comes up to you and says, ‘Well, you’re gay so I’m not going to hire you.’ I haven’t had that. But you can just tell by the way that people act differently around you, the way they treat you differently, the way that they look at you or the way that they tiptoe around certain subjects because they’re walking on eggshells.
“In this business, that behaviour makes it all very obvious.”
Thorne is currently dating Italian pop star Benjamin Mascolo, having ended an open relationship with YouTuber Tana Mongeau and rapper Mod Sun earlier this year.
Thorne was on Good Morning America to promote hew new book The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray.