Today, few celebrities need to fear losing their careers over their sexual orientation. This year alone, celebs such as Cara Delevingne, Miley Cyrus, and Lily-Rose Depp have come out as sexually fluid and have received tons of praise and attention from both the queer community and Hollywood.
These trailblazing starlets have become the face of this new, exciting time in society and breaking social norms isn’t the only thing they have in common: they are also the offspring of some very famous A-listers.
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The daughter of famous country star singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus and goddaughter of country legend Dolly Parton, Miley first publicly came out as being both sexually and gender fluid in an interview with Out magazine in May 2015.
At first, Cyrus said that she wasn’t going to label herself: “I’m not hiding my sexuality. For me, I don’t want to label myself as anything,” she told Time. “We love putting people in categories, but what I like sexually isn’t going to label me as a person.”
But in a recent interview for the cover of Elle UK, the 22-year-old pop star reveals she identifes as pansexual.
“I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age,” she said. “Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”
R&B singer R. Kelly first spoke about his 13-year-old son Jay’s transition during a radio interview in 2014.
When an interviewer from Chicago’s WGCI asked him to comment on Jay coming out via social media, Kelly replied, “You don’t wanna really open it up with saying my daughter’s becoming my son.”
He went on to say, “No matter what they are or who they are, they’re still your kids, you love them, you know? You’ve got to support them. You want to support them…
“At the end of the day it’s not about me no more. It’s about three lovely, lovely kids that I am in love with and that’s in love with me.”
The stunning 16-year-old daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp came out as a member of the LGBT community by sharing a photo of herself from the Self Evident Truths Project via Instagram.
The concept behind the project aims to spread awareness and understanding of the broader spectrum of sexuality, and also serves as a photographic record of 10,000 people in the US who identify as being “anywhere on the LGBTQI spectrum.”
Although the young actress didn’t say exactly where on the spectrum she identifies, project founder iO Tillett Wright said on the matter, “I’m so proud of my baby girl @lilyrose_depp. She decided she wanted to be in @selfevidentproject because she falls somewhere on the vast spectrum, and I couldn’t be happier to welcome her to the family. She’s a tiny gem of a good human. #prouduncle #weareyou“
Much like Lily-Rose Depp, Delevingne decided to “come out” via social media. In 2014, the 23-year-old model-turned-actress posted a photo on her Instagram account in which she was wearing a “We Are You” shirt from the Self Evident Truths Project.
She captioned the picture, “Doesn’t matter who you are or what you believe in, we are one! Go get yourself one of these shirts right now! I’m late for National Coming Out Day but better late then never. Don’t be scared to be who you are.”
Delevingne is the daughter of London socialite Pandora Delevingne, and goddaughter of Condé Nast International president Nicholas Coleridge. She is rumored to be dating British singer Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent.
Earvin Johnson II
The son of former NBA basketball player Magic Johnson, 23-year-old Earvin Johnson II (aka EJ) is openly gay, but he stirred up some attention when TMZ aired a video of him walking down Sunset Boulevard holding hands with his boyfriend in 2013.
Magic and his wife Cookie (EJ’s mom) said in an interview with Oprah’s Next Chapter that they’ve known their son was gay since he was just three or four years old.
Magic said, “EJ is just a lovable guy. As I told him, I said, ‘EJ, I love you, so I’m going to support you no matter what.’ And I think it made him feel good — because it’s one thing with Mom. And it was another thing with me, because he wanted my approval. He wanted my support.”