Lily Rose Depp has clarified comments regarding her sexuality, a year after she was featured in a campaign promoting sexual fluidity. I like that phrase – “sexual fluidity” – because it isn’t confined to one box. It thinks outside the lines, which I think is cool in this day and age.
Actress Lily Rose Depp, 16, is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. In an interview with Nylon, she chats about the “misconstrued” reception of the campaign, noting that she loves the idea of not having to label sexuality.
The “Self Evident Truths” project featured 10,000 people in the United States who “identify as anything other than 100 percent straight.” It was curated by photographer iO Tillett Wright, who shared the original (and adorable) Instagram photo of Depp in the campaign.
Wright says he’s proud of Depp – “a tiny gem of a good human” – for agreeing to the campaign, “because she falls somewhere on the vast spectrum.”
Lily Rose Depp – “You Don’t Have To Label Your Sexuality”
Depp told the magazine: “That was really misconstrued, the whole thing. 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; so many kids these days are not labeling their sexuality and I think that’s so cool.”
She added, “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.”
Lily Rose Depp – “Everyone Labeled Me As Gay”
“I guess it came off the wrong way because then everyone labelled me as gay. That’s not what I was trying to say. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course!”
In the joint interview with her friend Harley Quinn Smith, the daughter of director Kevin Smith, Depp notes that the response to the campaign was because people “wanted to say that I was something,” thus back to that premise of labeling.
Lily Rose Depp – “Kids Don’t Need to Label Their Sexuality”
“I’m saying it doesn’t matter. It’s not anybody’s business because I am going to date whoever I’m going to date. I was just saying, kids don’t need to label their sexualities. It’s not that big of a deal.”
It’s amazing to me that Lily Rose Depp, who, remember, is just 16 years old (!), is so expressive. Maybe the fact that her dad is one of the best actors on the planet. Maybe she inherited his creativity and emotional intelligence.