Entertainment Music Elton John Calls JoJo Siwa a 'Shining Example' as He Praises Her Courageous Coming Out "Thank you so much for being the sweetest and most inspiring person ever," Siwa wrote on Instagram, sharing John's message By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 7, 2021 02:20 PM Share Tweet Pin Email JoJo Siwa has touched many lives since coming earlier this year, including none other than Elton John. The Dance Moms alum, 18, took to Instagram on Sunday with a Pride video message she received from the legendary performer. "JoJo, I want to congratulate you on sharing yourself with the world and coming out this year," John, 74, started in the video. "I'm overjoyed that you've joined our beautiful community," he continued. "At 17, you were able to do something that took people of my generation decades to do. Not only are you living your truth, you're a shining example to young people the world over and their families, by showing that love is love and people are people and that is that." "Not to mention, your fantastic style. As I like to say, 'More is more, darling.' So, keep giving us the full JoJo, unfiltered, full of joy, utterly yourself, and let's all do the same," he added. "Happy Pride, and big love to everyone." JoJo Siwa Opens Up About Coming Out as LGBTQ: 'The First Time That I've Felt So Personally Happy' Siwa was appropriately starstruck by the music icon's greeting, sharing the video on Instagram. "This is unreal! thank you so much Elton for this message," she wrote in the caption. "I've looked up to Elton for YEARS.... to get this message from him made my life. Thank you so much for being the sweetest and most inspiring person ever." The TIME 100 honoree came out as a member of the LGBTQ community in January. "Personally I have never, ever, ever been this happy before and it feels really awesome," Siwa said on Instagram Live at the time. She later went public with her girlfriend Kylie Prew on their one-month anniversary, after revealing that Kylie helped her come out. RELATED VIDEO: JoJo Siwa Says She's Trying 'So Bad' to Get Kissing Scene with a Man Removed from Upcoming Movie Although she's been reluctant to declare a label, Siwa recently discussed her identity with PEOPLE. "I like queer," Siwa said in April. "Technically I would say that I am pansexual because that's how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human." "I still don't know what I am. It's like, I want to figure it out," she explained. "And I have this joke. Her name is Kylie. And so I say that I'm Ky-sexual. But like, I don't know, bisexual, pansexual, queer, lesbian, gay, straight. I always just say gay because it just kind of covers it or queer because I think the keyword is cool."