“I still love bows, I forever will,” Dance Mom alum JoJo Siwa said

By Naledi Ushe
June 09, 2021 10:08 PM
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Jojo Siwa
Jojo Siwa
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JoJo Siwa recently made a big life decision - and it was a lot harder than coming out was, apparently.

The Dance Moms alum, who came out as LGBTQ back in January, revealed during a chat with Instagram head Adam Mosseri on Tuesday during Instagram and Facebook's Creator Week that she's now wearing her signature hair bow a lot less these days.

The style switch-up was a difficult choice to make, Siwa said, seeing as she's "worn a bow for obviously the last 18 years of [her] life." But hitting the milestone age had the Nickelodeon star wanting to do something different.

"I just had my 18th birthday and it was right around my birthday that I realized, 'I kinda wanna do my hair different today,' " Siwa recalled, adding she "came out to the world and to my family and essentially to myself."

"It just felt like the right time and to do something different and to do something maybe a little bit more mature or a little upgrade," she explained.

Of course, making a change like that isn't easy. And when Siwa's mother asked her if it was "harder to come out to me or tell me that you wanna wear your hair different?" Siwa had an answer that even shocked her.

"I was like, 'It surprisingly was harder to tell you that I wanted to wear my hair different,' " Siwa recalled telling her mother, Jessalynn.

She went on to tell Mosseri that she wouldn't be leaving her bows behind for good just yet.

"The bow is still a part of my life," Siwa said. "I still love bows, I forever will. They're who I am, but maybe I won't wear it every day."

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JoJo Siwa
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Siwa posted a video of herself on Instagram in May while she played in a bounce house with her hair down shortly after her birthday, shocking fans.

She also shared a photo of her wavy blonde hair down as she walked through an airport with a sweatshirt that read, "Adult (ish)."

The Nickelodeon star teased the end of wearing a bow during one TikTok to the tune of Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" at the end of May. 

In the first half of the video, Siwa had on her bow with a neon pink sweatshirt and a bedazzled jean jacket. She then twirled her hair in front of the camera and appeared in the second half with her hair down and in a casual graphic tee.

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Last June, the YouTube personality sent fans into a frenzy by debuting freshly dyed brunette hair in a TikTok video. In that same clip, Siwa wore her hair down in loose waves.

Siwa later called the internet's reaction "hilarious" to their surprise of her hair down.

"I knew it would be a shock to people," she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "I knew it was going to be like, 'Oh my gosh, JoJo put her hair down,' because people just don't see that. But I also did not expect it to go as [viral] as it did."

Of coming out, Siwa told PEOPLE in an April cover story, "I've known since I was little."

Jessalynn added, "I did too. A mother knows."

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Siwa - who recently celebrated five months with her girlfriend Kylie Prew - also told PEOPLE she feels more comfortable with being called gay or queer. 

"I always just say gay because it just kind of covers it or queer because I think the keyword is cool," she said, adding, "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."