TikTok star Olivia Ponton has confirmed she’s bisexual after months of speculation about her relationship with girlfriend Kaila Novak.
Olivia – who is a member of the Hype House – explained that she was “proud” to identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community and praised fellow content creator JoJo Siwa for inspiring her to open up about her sexuality.
“I want to announce that I’m bisexual, and I’m now proud to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community,” she told Teen Vogue.
Olivia added, “I want to let young girls know that it’s okay to not even know your sexuality until you’re older. I think it should be more normalized to come out [when you’re ready for it].”
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Explaining how JoJo Siwa coming out had inspired her to speak out herself, Olivia continued, “I saw that and thought ‘Wow, that’s really amazing for young children now because she’s such a big role model’ and she’s really become almost a role model for me to look up to as well.”
Fans began speculating about Olivia’s sexuality when she posted a cryptic TikTok back in March before following up with several cosy videos with her girlfriend Kaila. Despite dropping several hints, the couple never officially confirmed they were dating which caused some to claim that their relationship was fake and nothing more than a ploy to “get clout”.
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Speaking out about their relationship for the first time, Olivia shut down the rumours as said, “Kaila and I have a very strong bond and we have a lot of trust in each other, so it really didn’t affect us that hard.
“But it hurts both of us because we know how much we love each other. We know we have such an [intense] bond, so it really hurt me to see her getting literally attacked over this.”
She added, “[I hope people become] very open-minded about every situation. You never know what really anyone’s going through in their own brain, even if they’re not talking about it on social media or what not.”