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JoJo Siwa Gets Honest About Putting Kids in the Public Eye

JoJo Siwa at The Hollywood Museum's 10th Annual "Real to Reel: Portrayals And Perceptions Of LGBTQ+s In Hollywood" exhibitPhoto by Jerod Harris/Getty Images

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JoJo Siwa was recently a guest on Nick Viall’s podcast The Viall Files. During the discussion, Siwa talked about the ethics of parents putting their kids in front of cameras and in the public eye. The star brought up her girl group XOMG POP! as an example.


JoJo Siwa Discusses Putting Kids in the Public Eye

“I have some friends that I’m like, ‘Yes, your kids should be on the internet.’ It works, they understand it. And they’re little — they’re 5. But it works,” Siwa shared. “Then I have some other friends that I’m like, ‘Oh, take your kids off the internet, please. They’re not into it, they don’t like it.'”

Siwa said she feels like an “older sister” to the girls in her group XOMG POP!, who are between the ages of 11 and 13. She went on to say that while they were creating the group, there were some kids who she could tell “won’t be able to handle what will come with it.”

“I think you have to listen to your kid, and give them outs,” Siwa said of her advice for parents. “Because once you’re deep into the internet, your kid’s not gonna say, ‘I don’t wanna do this anymore.’ Or maybe they will, but I think sometimes you have to give your kid the option of like, ‘Hey, are still happy?'”


Siwa said her mom sent her to a regular school when she was in the third grade, so she could say she tried it. Although Siwa said it “was not the vibe,” she’s grateful to her mom for doing that so she knew for sure that she didn’t like it.

SEE ALSO: JOJO SIWA SAYS SOCIAL MEDIA WAS A ‘SAFE SPACE’ WHEN SHE CAME OUT

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Siwa Comments Further on Candace Cameron Bure

During her conversation with Viall, Siwa also talked about her drama with Full House star Candace Cameron Bure. It started last year when Siwa shared on TikTok that Bure was the rudest celebrity she’d ever met.


The two stars talked, and Siwa said she wanted to move on from the situation. However, things changed when Bure partnered with the Great American Family channel to “keep traditional marriage at the core.” At the time, Siwa (who is gay) called the comments “rude and hurtful to a whole community of people.”

“It’s fine if you’re doing it because it’s just your movie’s storyline,” Siwa told Viall. “Not everything needs to be gay, essentially. But when you’re doing it out of spite to say, ‘Too much is about LGBTQ right now, you guys suck, and I wanna make a movie about traditional marriage and you’re not traditional,’ that got to me a little bit.”

Siwa said she realized then that they would never get along. She said she wished Bure would be “a little more accepting,” adding that she’s “okay with calling her out in the way that I did.”

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