These nine stars have decided not to publicly define their sexuality.
Ariana Grande said she doesn’t “feel the need” to clarify, while Harry Styles said it’s “personal.”
Joshua Bassett, Shay Mitchell, Tyler Posey, and more have similarly declined to use labels.
Joshua Bassett said he’s “anti-coming out in the sense that there’s no need to.”
“There are plenty of letters in the alphabet,” he said. “Sometimes your letter changes, sometimes you try a different one, other times you realize you’re not what you thought you were, or maybe you always knew. All of these can be true.”
“I’m happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because they embrace all,” he continued. “Don’t let anyone tell you love isn’t love. They’re the ones who probably need it the most.”
Shay Mitchell said she’s “never going to label” herself.
Mitchell, who played the lesbian character Emily Fields on “Pretty Little Liars,” opened up to Cosmopolitan about her fluid approach to dating.
“When I started, people were like, ‘What are you?’ I’m like, right now I’m dating a guy. I don’t know what it’s going to be in three years,” she said.
“You love who you love. Black, white, polka-dot, that’s what my dad always said. I’m never going to label myself,” she continued. “I could be 50 and dating a woman and then what? I said I was straight and now I’m not?”
When asked about his sexuality, Tyler Posey said, “I just wanna be me.”
Posey told fans that he’s had sexual experiences with men during a livestream on OnlyFans. This inspired tabloids to describe him as “pansexual,” which Posey didn’t necessarily agree with.
“I didn’t label that. The kids, the fans, or whoever wrote those articles labeled that,” he told Variety. “I thought that was really interesting that it just broke down this wall that I didn’t feel like I put up, but it was easier for me to just be honest about all that stuff.”
The “Teen Wolf” star also told Zach Sang that he’s “sexually fluid,” but isn’t committed to a specific term.
“I’ve never defined myself. I don’t think I want to put a label on myself ’cause somebody’s going to get mad,” he said. “Whatever. I’m just me. I’ve been with dudes, I’ve been with girls.”
Tyler, the Creator has written songs about men and women but never clarified his sexuality.
Tyler, the Creator seemed to come out as queer on “I Ain’t Got Time,” a single from his 2017 album “Flower Boy” (“Next line will have ’em like ‘woah’ / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004”).
The album’s seventh track “Garden Shed” has also been interpreted as a metaphor for being closeted (“Truth is, since a youth kid, thought it was a phase / Thought it’d be like the phrase ‘poof,’ gone / But it’s still goin’ on”).
On the heels of his 2019 Grammy-winning album “Igor,” which explores an emotionally turbulent love affair with a man, GQ asked him about his sexuality.
“I like girls — I just end up fucking their brother every time,” he said.
Keke Palmer is “making the rules for myself.”
In 2015, Palmer released a music video for her single “I Don’t Belong To You,” which sees her leaving a man’s bed to meet up with a woman.
“The video was to represent the young woman today — it’s not the traditional woman anymore — and not the specifics of ‘Am I gay? Am I straight? Am I bi?'” she told People.
“I’m making the rules for myself, and I don’t have to be stuck down to one label I don’t feel the need to define nothin’ to nobody, because I’m always changing,” she continued. “Why say that I’m this or that when I might not be tomorrow? I’m gonna follow my own feelings and my own heart.”
Lily-Rose Depp said that her sexuality is “not set in stone” and “not anybody’s business.”
After Depp posed for iO Tillett Wright’s Self Evident Truths photography project, which “exists to spread awareness and understanding about a broader spectrum of human sexuality,” she expressed discomfort with the public’s reaction.
“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,” she said during an interview with Nylon.
“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.’ I was just trying to say that it’s unnecessary,” she continued.
The “Yoga Hosers” actress added: “It’s not anybody’s business, because I am going to date whoever I’m going to date.”
Kit Connor said he’s “not too big on labels.”
Connor, who stars as the bisexual character Nick Nelson on Netflix’s “Heartstopper,” addressed the speculation about his sexuality during an appearance on the “Reign With Josh Smith” podcast.
“I mean, for me, I feel like I’m perfectly confident and comfortable with my sexuality,” he said. “I’m not too big on labels and things like that. I’m not massive about that, and I don’t feel like I need to label myself, especially publicly.”
Harry Styles believes that asking him to define his sexuality is “outdated.”
Styles has nodded to queerness throughout his solo career. He released his liberation anthem “Lights Up” on National Coming Out Day, wrote a song about disappointing boyfriends, and is set to star as a closeted gay man in the 2022 drama “My Policeman.”
Styles has also insisted that he’s not “sprinkling in nuggets of sexual ambiguity to try and be more interesting.”
“I’ve been really open with it with my friends, but that’s my personal experience; it’s mine,” he told Better Homes & Gardens.
“The whole point of where we should be heading, which is toward accepting everybody and being more open, is that it doesn’t matter,” he continued, “and it’s about not having to label everything, not having to clarify what boxes you’re checking.”
Ariana Grande said she doesn’t “feel the need” to label herself.
Grande, who has long been an outspoken ally of the LGBTQ community, sparked speculation about her own sexuality when she released the 2019 single “Monopoly.”
“I like women and men,” she sings in the post-chorus.
The song was cowritten by Grande’s close friend and collaborator Victoria Monét, who is openly bisexual.
When a fan asked Monét on Instagram if Grande is bisexual, the songwriter replied, “She said what she said.”
Grande later chimed in on Twitter and defended her decision not to “label” herself.
“i haven’t before and still don’t feel the need to now,” Grande wrote. “which is OK.”
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