Lilly Singh speaks about her sexuality and how her idols became her friends in a new interview with Marie Claire.
The Canadian YouTuber says of coming out as bisexual: “When I tweeted about being bisexual, a lot of people told me it’s bad, that I shouldn’t do that, especially because I have fans in cultures around the world that might not support it.
“I remember making the decision, like, Well, eff it, you don’t get to have an opinion about who I am.”
Singh is preparing to launch her new late-night talk show “A Little Late With Lilly Singh” on September 16, and tells the mag what she wants her show to represent: “I’ve made it abundantly clear that I want to bring a great digital strategy and build community.
“I want to make sure women and people of colour are involved. I am constantly putting my foot down about that.”
Singh continues to say of her idols-turned-pals, “Dwayne Johnson, Selena Gomez, Priyanka Chopra… People who I wanted to get their autograph one day. And now I’m in a position where, if I need advice, I call Dwayne.”
The star says of finding her own path in life: “I vividly remember one day, I’d just gone to the White House. I met with Mrs. Obama, did a video with her, went on Facebook, and saw one of my cousins got engaged. And I felt like crap. Like, ‘Oh God, I am such a failure; what am I even doing with my life?’
“The conditioning I’ve been raised with is, if you’re not doing that linear path, then you’re straying too far. That’s something I’ve really had to unlearn because I am not made for that path.”