If you follow Jessie J on Twitter, then you probably caught her ranting in multiple tweets about the struggles of being a role model and how much she’s changed and grown up in recent years. Although it was hard to tell just what Jessie’s actual point was in the endless paragraphs she tweeted, the 26-year-old was actually referring to her sexuality and the criticism she’s received from some of her fans for not being a loud and proud bisexual any longer.
“Maybe try not speaking in riddles and get straight to the point,” a fan wrote in response to Jessie’s ranting. “You may not need to justify yourself so much.”
Jessie then replied: “I fancy/date/love men and only men. Is that “straight to the point” enough?”
In other tweets, Jessie implied that her bisexuality was just a phase that she’s since grown out of, and that people shouldn’t hold it against her.
For those of you that remember, Jessie first came out as bisexual back in 2011 back when anti-bullying, self-empowerment, and individuality was a huge trending theme in pop music. She revealed it The Telegraph (“I’ve been with guys and I’ve been with girls. And I kind of think it’s about the person not the genitals.“), More magazine (“I’m not afraid to say I’m very comfortable with who I am and I love who I love.“), and Glamour (“My mum and dad have known for years and were super cool.“). She also declared it during a gig at London’s G.A.Y. nightclub (“Jessie J is bisexual!” she shouted to the crowd), and even claimed that a song from her debut album, 2011′s Who You Are, was written about her ex-girlfriend.
Jessie’s sexuality was a big deal at the time, creating headlines everywhere, inspiring think pieces about her positive impact on young teens, and becoming the subject of many of her interviews. It also earned her a huge gay fanbase, many of whom probably contributed to her first album going quadruple Platinum in the UK.
Jessie’s drastically changed her image since her ‘bisexual’ days, abandoning her clownish costumes and severe wigs for more glamour and some failed high fashion looks. The new look hasn’t really caught on, with her sophomore album, Alive, only selling 1/6 of what her debut did, while the last major publicity she got was for wearing some garish lilac lipstick at the 2014 Brit Awards.
Coming out the closet as straight will probably put her back in the headlines for a minute or two, but when it comes to actually selling records and being a relevant pop diva, it looks like Jessie J is pretty much over.