Ava Phillippe said “gender is whatever” and no truer words have ever been spoken.
Ava, 22, the daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, did a Q+A session on her Instagram stories, inviting her followers to ask her anything. When one of them asked if she likes boys or girls, Ava responded that gender is irrelevant.
In an interview with E!’s Daily Pop in December, Ava said being honest on social media makes her happy. Why? Because it counters some of the inauthenticity that’s so common online.
“It makes me feel good, in more ways than one, to be able to share and be real with people on social media as much as is possible,” she said. “We do see a lot of the falsified sides [of people] or the facades, and it’s just not completely true of everyone, and I think a little truth is good sometimes.”
Being honest online can do good for others, and that includes opening up about sexuality. Of course, none of us owe it to anyone to talk publicly about our sexuality or any other personal part of our lives. But when people do choose to share online, it continues to open doors for others to be more authentic in their own lives. Sometimes just seeing that we aren’t alone can be incredibly powerful, letting us know it’s OK to feel how we feel or be who we are.
It’s always exciting to see someone being their best, most authentic self.
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