Rebecca Black recently revealed she is part of the LGBTQ community, but the YouTube star still feels pressure to define what that means for her.
“In our society and in the LGBTQ community as well, it isn’t maybe as validated, the idea of being able to be fluid and not have a single preference of gender to date,” the “Friday” singer told Teen Vogue. “I’m not trying to say I do or don’t have a preference. I do think there is this pressure; it’s something I felt for a long time.”
In April, Black, 23, shared for the first time on the Dating Straight podcast that she had been in a relationship with another woman. At the time, she said that the word queer “feels really nice,” but other days she feels “a little more on the gay side than others.” Black said that since opening up about her sexuality, people have questioned her about it.
“I’ve had a lot of people in my life tell me, ‘that doesn’t sound like a real thing,’ and it is,” she said. “For me, in my own conversation with myself, it wasn’t that hard to accept that I could love a man just as much as a woman or any person, regardless of their gender. I can look at my life and have experience of both. I don’t question my own feelings, but it is a difficult conversation at times.”
Black shared that through her journey of self-discovery, she recognized that it may appear to outsiders like she is “constantly reinventing” herself.