The Australian pop singer also talked about her longstanding partnership with Lulu Lemon.
Betty Who has been busy these last six months, and she’s really excited about it. Not only has she been on a wild tour in support of her latest album Betty, which dropped earlier this year, but she’s also been using her platform to make her mark in the LGBTQ+ community. Her ongoing partnership with athletic wear brand Lulu Lemon has also enabled her to get more involved through experiential events and spread more positive messages overall. “We visited Seattle, Chicago, New York, D.C., and Atlanta,” Who told Billboard of their "IRL community sweat events." “It really opened my eyes to how special community events are, and how awesome my fans are. I always walk away from each event thinking, ‘I liked every single person I met.’”
Probably the best part of chatting with the Australian pop singer was hearing her genuine excitement. It was obvious that, while Who has been working hard almost her entire life, she’s now feeling truly inspired and motivated by her own work, as well as the people she’s meeting. Her positive actions are infectious, and they’re not only helping Who -- they’re making everyone feel confident with themselves.
Who has always been an LGBTQ+ advocate, and just in time for the big Pride weekend, Billboard had the chance to sit down with her and talk all about it as well as mental health, body image and new music. “I want to encourage people to be themselves and remember how far we’ve come,” she said. Read the full interview below.
You’re doing a lot of stuff right now. You’re raising money for The Trevor Project and leading Soul Cycle classes all while celebrating Pride with a thousand different events.
Oh yeah, this year’s been pretty crazy. Especially earlier, we had our first show of the year at midnight on New Year’s Eve in Times Square, which is pretty cool because I’ve always wanted to watch the ball drop in New York. And then we went straight into the Panic! At The Disco tour for the first two months, and then my album came out, and then I went on tour! And now it’s July. [Laughs.] It’s been a pretty crazy six months. I’ve worked a lot in my life while not having fun, so it’s really nice to actually enjoy and reap the benefits a little bit. We’ve worked so hard and have come so far, it’s nice to really enjoy the ride.
It feels like these last few months especially have been a big moment for you.
Yeah, there have been a lot of things that I’m super psyched about. My whole adult life is basically just about making 10-year-old me psyched. 22-year-old me was like, “No I have plans, I’m gonna go get this.” Sometimes it’s hard when you’re on the ground hustling, trying to make your dream happen. It doesn’t look anything like you thought it was going to and you’re so tired and you’re like, “How am I supposed to enjoy this?” And then one day you wake up and all of a sudden you’re on stage and you’re like, “Oh my god I’m here, this is it. I’m living my dream.” It doesn’t look like what I thought it was going to and I still have so far to go, but I don’t wanna be the person who wakes up one day and realize my dream happened. I’m really trying to be present and excited about it and enjoy it while it lasts because it can all be over tomorrow. I really do know that.
I’m really proud of me and my whole team. I get to do cool stuff and celebrate World Pride and raise money for The Trevor Project. I’ve been dying to be in a position where anyone would let me help. I’ve always wanted to do stuff like this.