Musician Hayley Kiyoko Likes Girls & Opens Up About Wanting To Encourage LGBTQ Youth To Find Confidence
Hayley Kiyoko truly came out to her fans last year, and not a lot of people noticed.
You might have seen and watched the former CSI: Cyber actress and singer’s video for “Girls Like Girls”, but probably didn’t realize it was her own story.
“I felt like I was finally telling my story for the first time. The yearning feelings I had and also the feeling of being so alone. I think that’s why people connected with the music video.
Not only because they too have experienced deeply liking someone, but also the sadness and longing that comes with it,” Hayley wrote for Paper magazine.
Hayley also touched on her own sexuality: “I told Lily [May Young, songwriter] that I always say ‘you’ and ‘them’ and never the pronoun ‘her’ in all my songs because I was afraid it wouldn’t connect. We talked more about concepts and my experiences, and how I loved the idea of stealing another guy’s girl because that was always a fantasy of mine. Growing up, everything I did was always about girls. I took dance because of girls. I got involved in student council because of girls. Not that I ever expected any of them to like me back, but I just felt comforted being around them, even if I could never date them.”
“Most of the time, you become confident after years of struggling during your young adulthood,” she continues. “I want to encourage the youth to find that confidence now. Not later. For them to know their own self-worth at an earlier age.”
If you haven’t, you can also check out Hayley‘s “Gravel To Tempo” vid on JJJ.