Singer Maddie Zahm’s raw, musical confession is inspiring others to come out this Pride.
Zahm previously auditioned for American Idol season 16 where she made it through a few rounds before being eliminated. The Idaho native has since been pouring her heart out in her music, even nabbing a TikTok hit with her song about body acceptance, “Fat Funny Friend.” But in May, she struck another chord with her followers when she dropped a snippet of the life-changing single “You Might Not Like Her.”
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Zahm lip-synced to her own song, and the lyrics were a cathartic gut-punch:
“Someday you’ll kiss a girl, and you’ll panic / Some guy will break your heart, and you’ll feel manic / Then you’ll learn to let people have their opinions / And talk about your traumas / And like the body you live in.”
“Someday you’ll learn to keep your own secrets / Say you’re doing OK and really mean it / You’ll lose your faith a bit and question if she’s you / And for a while, you might not like her / But I do.”
In the comment section, she made the perfect joke about the yet-to-be-released bop, “This song may not be out, but at least I am.”
TikTokers have embraced Zahm’s song as the perfect soundtrack to their own experiences of coming out. It has been used in over 8,600 videos.
“I was married to my ex-husband for 6 months before I told him I was a lesbian,” Anna Muller said in a video. “We had been together for 6 years prior. We had a baby and created a life and family together. I did everything society told me to. I followed the rules I saw in my environment, and even though I knew I liked girls, I didn’t consider not liking men was an option.”
She explained after an “identity crisis,” she split from her husband, and now she gets to take herself to Pride.
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