Reality star Demi Sims has reflected on coming out as bisexual as a teenager and the responsibility she feels as an LGBTQ+ woman with a large platform.The Towie star, 25, has been a staple on British reality TV for years, along with her sisters Frankie and Chloe Sims.Having had several high-profile same-sex relationships, including with Love Island icon Megan Barton-Hanson, Demi’s sexuality has been firmly in the spotlight.And despite having been ‘super super nervous’ when she initially came out at 19, Demi is now proud to provide visibility for other LGBTQ+ young people – particularly those who might not be ready to come out just yet.Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Demi explained that she’s gained ‘a lot of fans through my sexuality and being on TV… who like to watch and obviously look up to me.’Appearing on the likes of Celebs Go Dating early in her TV career was ‘massive’ because she was ‘dating girls on that show’ and it helped her garner fans who were themselves in the LGBTQ+ community.But being looked up to in this way has, Demi admits, its ‘pros and cons.’‘When I’m in a relationship and I’m posting about it, there are a lot of fans who like to see it, a lot of people like to follow your relationship,’ she said.‘People who are maybe still in the closet, they like to see how you’re acting… they sort of look up to you like “one day that’s gonna be [me]”.’Demi insisted that she’s ‘definitely happy to have my relationship in the spotlight for those people who are in the closet, who hope one day they’ll have enough confidence, like I do, just to walk around freely with my girlfriend.’But she admitted: ‘Obviously it has its cons. ‘When you break up your fans feel like it’s their breakup.
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