Bella Thorne opens up on 'essential' discussions about pansexuality

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She's the former Disney star, who well and truely overcame her child star persona when she virtually crashed exclusive subscription-only site OnlyFans after joining last year.

But Bella Thorne has also used her social media platform of 43m followers, as well as her books and music, to open up about her sexuality, after revealing she was pansexual in 2019. 

Photo: Instagram/bellathorne
Photo: Instagram/bellathorne

With other stars including the likes of Cara Delevingne, Miley Cyrus and most recently, Demi Lovato, openly discussing their pansexuality, Bella tells Yahoo Lifestyle it's "inspiring" to see more people gaining the confidence to speak up.

"I think it is very heartwarming and inspiring," Bella tells us. 

"It means that people are becoming more confident with themselves and taking strides not to let societal norms dictate and define their freedom of expression and sexuality. 

"It is helping invent a more welcoming and proud society, which I love to see."

The actress, model, and director originally came out as bisexual on Twitter in 2016, before realising her sexuality didn't fit that label.

She revealed her pansexuality in an interview with Good Morning America in 2019.

"I'm actually pansexual, and I didn't know that. Somebody explained to me really thoroughly what that is," she said at the time, explaining it's about favouring someone's personality more than their body.

"You like beings," she said. "You like what you like. Doesn't have to be a girl or a guy or a he or she or they or this or that. It's literally you like personality. You just like a being."

Photo: Instagram/bellathorne
Photo: Instagram/bellathorne

Since then, Bella says being able to have open discussions about sexuality are "essential".

"It is beyond important... because being gay, straight, bi, or pan is not something that a person can choose - or choose to change. It is a part of someone's nature," the 23-year-old tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

"We need to teach the youth of our society that becoming aware and coming to terms with one's sexual orientation is a part of their life path. They should not be shunned or attacked for being in love because we all want to love and be loved at the end of the day."

Despite the struggles around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it's been a big 12 months for Bella, who released her new single 'Shake It' in February, and also became engaged to her boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo in March.

Photo: Instagram/bellathorne
Photo: Instagram/bellathorne

Bella says she used the down time during the pandemic to really master her skills, evolve and connect with her music.

"At first, I think we were all in a rut because we did not know what would happen and when things would go back to normal," she explains.

"I got so tired of sitting in sweats on the couch doing nothing that it sparked a flame in me. The pandemic just gave me more time to master my skills and imagine the future. It inspired me to showcase to the world in my music what I have been feeling."

She also said it gave her time to "connect with my deepest self".

"It continues to evolve and I get to express it in my new songs," she adds. "It ignited a fire in me to always be unforgettably myself. I have so much in the works now that I have put my blood, sweat, and tears into that I cannot wait for my fans to hear."

On of her 2020 projects included setting up an OnlyFans account, where she was able to break a record and earn a huge $1million ($1.4m AUD) in just 24 hours.

Bella did cop a fair amount of backlash online from other content creators, but the star said she joined the site for 'research' and to bypass the strict policies of other platforms.

"OnlyFans is the first platform where I can fully control my image; without censorship, without judgement, and without being bullied online for being me,” she told Paper Magazine.

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