Rowan Blanchard on Opening Up About Queer Identity on Social Media: ‘It Was Definitely Scary’

Rowan Blanchard
Rowan Blanchard attends W Magazine's It Girl luncheon on Jan. 9 in L.A. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for W Magazine

Rowan Blanchard has opened up about her decision to come out as queer on social media in a new interview with Wonderland magazine.

“I’m okay with it now, but I still realize that I was allowing people to comment on something that’s very personal,” Blanchard told Wonderland. “The first day I tweeted about it, it was definitely scary to see people commenting about things that literally have nothing to do with them.”

The Girl Meets World star, 14, took to Twitter on January 16, to share her thoughts on sexuality and sexual fluidity. “In my life — only ever liked boys,” she wrote at the time. “However I personally don’t wanna label myself as straight, gay or whateva so I am not gonna give myself labels to stick with — just existing.”

She later noted that she prefers to identify herself as “queer.”

The actress, who says she spends her time reading feminist works by Gloria Steinem and listening to Beyoncé’s “***Flawless,” also revealed that she “would literally spend 45 minutes putting on a whole face of makeup” at the age of 12, even though she “didn’t want to.”

“I genuinely felt that if somebody saw me with my dark eye circles or a blackhead, that I’d risk offending them,” she said. “You are supposed to say ‘I’m sorry’ for things that you’re not sorry for, especially to men.”

Blanchard, who criticized Taylor Swift’s girl squad in December for making feminism look “one dimensional,” added that being famous has its downsides.

“It allows people to critique me, to take ownership of my body, of my face, of my features,” she explained. “I have to stop reading comments because there’s a lot of good ones but then when you see one bad one like, ‘Oh, you look ugly,’ that’s what’s going to stick with you.”

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