Most people were introduced to songstress Hayley Kiyoko from either the TV movie version of Scooby Doo The Mystery Begins or Disney’s Lemonade Mouth, BUT this petite vixen is so much more than her infantile roles! June 24th, 2015, Kiyoko dropped a music video titled “Girls Like Girls” that spread through the lesbian side of tumblr like wildfire. Within a couple hours, everyone was asking if the girl that we had known as the smart-mouthed genius Velma was a lesbian.
Though she has never claimed the “Big L” title in an interview with PaperMag she talked about the making of the infamous video and her sexuality that influenced it.
I imagined a very emotional, heart-wrenching but real music video to go along with the song. When we shot the music video for “Girls like Girls,” 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. You could be around so many people, and still have the feeling of being so alone and misunderstood. It’s that fear of rejection and uncertainty of whether the person will like you back that makes you question everything. I struggled with these feelings so much growing up. I’d fall in love with girls who would never give me the time of day, or if they would, they had no idea I had other intentions. I had my heart broken over and over again; I never felt good enough. My life was led by these crushes as far back as first grade, when I had a crush on my teacher. That was the first time I realized I liked girls. But the problem is you feel like you can’t share these true feelings with anyone for fear of outing yourself and facing judgement. So you struggle. And feel alone. Growing up, there were some [out] celebrities who were much older than I was and I wondered if I had to wait until then to be happy. I didn’t have role models who I could relate to at the time, where I could think, if they can do it, I can do it. (via Papermag)
Since her queer lens metamorphose she’s catapulted herself into a huge success, with a new EP titled Citrine in 2016 and even her One Bad Night tour this spring!
Check out some of her WLW videos below 💞