Lily-Rose Depp Speaks Out About Sexuality: I Don't Think You Have to 'Label Yourself'
The Yoga Hosers star also shared the most unrealistic piece of advice dad Johnny Depp ever gave her
Lily-Rose Depp doesn’t understand why her sexuality is a talking point.
“It’s not that big of a deal,” the 16-year-old told Nylon.
Last August, the teen daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis made headlines when she posed for a photo series focused on people who don’t define themselves as “100 percent straight,” according to the campaign. The Yoga Hosers star now says, however, that she was merely make a statement on defining one’s self.
“That was really misconstrued, that whole thing,” she said. “A lot of people took it as me coming out, but that’s not what I was trying to do. I was literally doing it just to say that you don’t have to label your sexuality.”
Depp, who is also a budding model, said that she thinks that people shouldn’t have to “label themselves and say, ‘I’m straight’ or ‘I’m gay.’ ”
“If you like something one day then you do, and if you like something else the other day, it’s whatever,” Depp explained. “You don’t have to label yourself, because it’s not set in stone. It’s so fluid and there’s so much pressure on kids to label themselves and say ‘This is what I am, this is what I like.’ ”
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She continued, “I guess it came off the wrong way, because then everyone labeled me as gay. That’s not what I was trying to say. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course! But I did that literally just to say you don’t have to label yourself, and then everyone was like, ‘Lily Rose Depp comes out as gay!’ ”
Joined by her longtime friend and Yoga Hosers castmate Harley Quinn Smith for the interview, Depp also discussed the most embarrassing advice her famous father has ever dished out.
“I don’t think he wants to impose and tell me a bunch of stuff He lets me be,” Depp said of the Black Mass star. “I’m a really independent person, so he lets me be independent. But obviously I know if I need advice I can go to him. I guess the silliest piece of advice he’s ever given me is ‘Don’t talk to boys’ because it’s unrealistic, I guess.”
Smith’s director father, Kevin Smith, has a different approach: “Every day, before I leave my house, he tells me to ‘bring something stabby’ with me – like a knife, honestly anything pointy, just in case. When I’m going anywhere – to my friend’s house, just in case there’d be a burglar.”