Hayley Kiyoko Says Being Gay Is Her ‘Biggest Strength’: ‘It’s Empowered Me’

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Hayley Kiyoko is affectionately called "lesbian Jesus" by her fanbase for a reason.

The songstress stopped by Kelly Clarkson's new talk show to discuss how her identity has helped shaped the confident person she is today. "My biggest weakness growing up was that I was gay and I was different than everyone else, and now it’s become my biggest strength because it’s empowered me," she told the host.

"I think I really feared growing up because I was like, ‘Life is going to be so difficult and people are just not going to understand,’" she continued. "Going into my music career, I was just like, ‘If I’m scared, everyone else will be.’ So, I have to embrace who I am, I have to be the brave one because if I take that first step, everyone else will follow and they will hopefully grow to feel inspired and know that they can have a good life. They don’t have to commit suicide, they don’t have to not love themselves, they can be loved."

Watch the interview below.