It's human nature to put everything into its own box or category with its own special label. This can be problematic when it comes to things such as sexual orientation because it is human nature for people to find many different genders and personality types attractive — and what a person finds attractive may change over time. So, even though labels can sometimes be very helpful in making sense of things, they can also be restrictive and limiting.
Taking off your own sexuality label is a lot easier when you don't have the public eye hampering you at all times. When it comes to celebs in the spotlight, the rest of the world and the media are always trying to put them in boxes. However, here are 10 celebs who are fighting against unnecessary categorizations and taking a more open-minded and fluid attitude towards their sexuality.
1. Miley Cyrus
Miley's reach as an LGBT activist has been great. She came out to Elle magazine in 2015 that she was pansexual, meaning that she finds people attractive outside of their gender identity or biological sex. The star herself commented:
“I’m just equal. I’m just even. It has nothing to do with any parts of me or how I dress or how I look. It’s literally just how I feel. I’m not hiding my sexuality. I just don’t want to label myself.”
2. Kristen Stewart
Despite her highly public and heavily documented break up with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, Kirsten has made it known that she isn't straight or only attracted to men. She prefers to avoid labels and to "live in the f*cking ambiguity of life":
“If you feel like you really want to define yourself, and you have the ability to articulate those parameters and that in itself defines you, then do it. But I am an actress, man. I live in the f—ing ambiguity of this life and I love it. I don’t feel like it would be true for me to be like, ‘I’m coming out!’ No, I do a job.”
Post-R Patz, Kirsten has been linked with visual effects producer Alice Cargile. Although the two made an awesome couple, they sadly seem to have split up.
3. Cara Delevigne
Cara Delevigne has also been open in the past about her the process of realizing that she found both men and women attractive:
“It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
4. Angelina Jolie
Angelina may now be in one of the most powerful and enduring relationships Hollywood has seen with Brad Pitt, but to assume that this Tomb Raider superstar is "straight" is not quite right.
Angelina's former relationship with model Jenny Shimizu was very important for the actress, even stating once that she would have married her if the time was right. It just goes to show that Angelina does not categorize herself as "straight" or "gay" and is simply attracted to the people she is attracted to.
5. Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson identifies as "mostly straight" but because of his open-minded up bringing (he had two gay uncles who unfortunately died of AIDS), his attitude towards sexuality is rather different and more progressive than other "mostly straight" guys his age:
“I’ve met guys all the time that I’m like, ‘Damn, that’s a good-looking guy,’ you know?” “I’ve never been, like, ‘Oh, I want to kiss that guy.’ I really love women. But I think defining yourself as 100 percent anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded.”
6. Amber Heard
Amber Heard came out several years ago as bisexual. She is currently in a relationship with Johnny Depp but is very open and honest about being attracted to women, yet wishes not to adopt labels.
“I don’t want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me. But I don’t want to have to be defined by it.”
7. Raven Symone
Although certain comments Raven Symone made in her interview with Oprah were met with outrage on the Internet (see her comments on race which I'm not addressing here), her point about not wanting to be labelled 'gay' was still seen by some as a help in deconstruct labels that limit our romantic and sexual experiences:
"I don’t want to be labeled gay. I want to be labeled as a human who loves humans [...] [I don't] need language."
8. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato's song 'Cool For The Summer' brought up speculation regarding the ex-Disney star's sexual orientation. Specifically these lyrics:
Got my mind on your body
And your body on my mind
Got a taste for the cherry
I just need to take a bite
Don’t tell your mother
Kiss one another
However, Demi is also joining the "no labels bandwagon" and being an advocate for sexual experimentation.
"I am not confirming, and I'm definitely not denying. All of my songs are based off of personal experiences. I don't think there's anything wrong with experimentation at all.”
Everyone's favorite party girl of the early '10s also commented about how gender is not a factor in terms of who she finds attractive:
“I love people. It’s not about a gender. It’s just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you’re with.”
10. Amber Rose
Many people would probably be quick to pass Amber Rose off as a very heterosexual and heteronormative kind of girl. In actual fact, Amber's view on her own sexuality is open-minded and refreshing. Amber commented very succinctly:
“For me, if I was in a relationship with a woman then I was just with her and vice versa.”