Lily-Rose Depp on sexuality: 'You don't have to label it'
Actress Lily-Rose Depp has clarified comments she made about her sexuality last year (15), insisting an individual shouldn't feel pressured to label themselves.
The 16-year-old daughter of A-list actor Johnny Depp and French actress Vanessa Paradis grabbed the attention of the world's media in August (15) when she posed for a photo campaign which focused on people who didn't define themselves as "100 percent straight".
People automatically assumed it meant the star was coming out, but Lily-Rose claims her participation in the project was taken out of context, and in a new interview with Nylon magazine, she discussed her views on sexuality in more detail.
"That was really misconstrued, that whole thing," she said. "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. (People shouldn't) label themselves and say, 'I'm straight' or 'I'm gay.' If you like something one day then you do, and if you like something else the other day, it's whatever.
"You don't have to label yourself, because it's not set in stone. 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.'"
While Lily-Rose is still figuring out who she is, she doesn't appreciate having a tag placed on her by others.
"I guess it came off the wrong way, because then everyone labeled me as gay," she added. "That's not what I was trying to say. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course! But I did that literally just to say you don't have to label yourself, and then everyone was like, 'Lily Rose Depp comes out as gay!'"
As for her famous father, Lily-Rose is glad Johnny, 52, isn't overbearing when it comes to advice.
"I don't think he wants to impose and tell me a bunch of stuff … He lets me be," she smiled. "I'm a really independent person, so he lets me be independent. But obviously I know if I need advice I can go to him."
- Cover Media