Lily-Rose Depp Clarifies Being Labeled Queer: "That's Not What I Was Trying to Do"

"I was just saying kids don't need to label their sexualities. It's not that big of a deal."

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When Lily-Rose Depp posted a photo (opens in new tab) of her involvement in LGBT activist iO Tillett Wright's photo series Self-Evident Truths (opens in new tab), the internet (not us!) prematurely shouted "She's gay!" But that wasn't exactly the 16-year-old actress (opens in new tab)'s intention, she said in a recent interview with Nylon (opens in new tab).

"That was really misconstrued, that whole thing. A lot of people took it as me coming out, but that's not what I was trying to do. I was literally doing it just to say that you don't have to label your sexuality; so many kids these days are not labeling their sexuality, and I think that's so cool…It's so fluid and there's so much pressure on kids to label themselves and say, "This is what I am, this is what I like."

And in keeping with her "you don't have to pick something and stick with it" stance, Depp is refusing to categorize herself. "It's not anybody's business, because I am going to date whoever I'm going to date. I was just saying, kids don't need to label their sexualities. It's not that big of a deal." 👏

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Chelsea Peng
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.