reflects on her path to authentic living.
In an Instagram
last year, the actor and singer identified herself as a member of the LGBTQ
community while talking about the lyric video for her song "We Belong," which featured same-sex couples in tender embraces.
Cameron told Gay Times for its summer issue that in the weeks leading up to the song's release, she debated whether to address her sexuality, fearing she wouldn't be accepted for who she is.
“I’ve been hinting about my sexuality for years while being afraid to spell it out for everyone,” the 25-year-old explained. “I was never confused about who I was.... It felt like something I could never talk about.”
Cameron explained that the “We Belong” video was initially accused of “queerbaiting,” a deceptive marketing strategy used to attract LGBTQ consumers. (Artists such as Nick Jonas
and Harry Styles have faced similar criticism.)
Cameron has only publicly dated men, and she was in a high-profile relationship with actor Thomas Doherty from 2016 to 2020. The actor's decision to live as her true self came after she realized she was "behaving like somebody who was out and I realized I wasn't."
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“I went on Instagram Live and said, 'Guys, I really needed to explain something to you. Maybe I haven't said it, but I'm super queer. This is something I want to represent through my music
because it's who I am.' Ever since then, I've had such an incredible relationship with my fans, and we've created this very safe space
Cameron identified as bisexual in the Instagram conversation, but she told Gay Times that she prefers the term "queer."
“I’m not a label person, but I would say that I am queer, and that is probably the most accurate way to represent myself,” she said. “With the process of coming out, it was about who I am as a whole rather than who I choose to date or sleep
with. I’m choosing to love myself, to be who I am every day and not edit myself depending on the room that I’m in. I’m making no apologies for who I am.”
Cameron tweeted last October that she believed the twin sisters she portrayed on the Disney Channel
series "Liv and Maddie" from 2013 to 2017 were also gay.
Maddie was “definitely gay,” she wrote at the time, whereas Liv was “bi.”
The actor will next be seen in "Powerpuff," a live-action reimagining of the beloved animated series "The Powerpuff Girls." She has also signed on to star in the HBO Max
film "Field Notes on Love," based on the 2019 young adult novel of the same name, opposite Jordan Fisher.