Reneé Rapp Pitched Herself to Her Record Label as “Bisexual Justin Bieber”

Like many Gen Zers, Justin Bieber served as a formative influence for Reneé Rapp. Now she’s coming to take his crown, but, like, in a gay way.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the “Tummy Hurts” singer said “Bisexual Justin Bieber” was, in fact, how she pitched herself to her label. (Rapp has more recently said that she is a lesbian.) “That was just my pitch, and I got signed,” she said. But her Belieberhood goes way back. Rapp told the magazine that Bieber was “the one boy celebrity, pretty much, [that] I ever had a crush on.”

“And I realized, as I was getting older, I was like, ‘Oh, I think I just want to be him,’” she told the magazine.

Rapp made that come true (kinda) last Halloween at the Brooklyn stop on her Snow Hard Feelings Tour. Dressed as early-era Biebs in a purple hoodie and white jacket, she sang the classic jam “One Less Lonely Girl” to a very-flustered-looking Lola Tung, star of The Summer I Turned Pretty.

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The singer continued to tell The Hollywood Reporter that her Bieber Fever is ongoing. “I’m a lesbian, but wow, do I love Justin Bieber,” she said. “He reminds me of a really sexy lesbian. Just the way he walks around and moves onstage and always has this demeanor that’s chill, sings his ass off, dresses really cool.”

She also opened up further about her sexuality in the interview, as she only recently started referring to herself as a lesbian. (Guess the Lesbian Masterdoc really did what it needed to do.) “I’ve only recently been in a relationship where I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m a lesbian for sure,’” Rapp said. In addition to the Masterdoc, Rapp has also been studying her own syllabus of gay culture, since, she told the magazine, “I never consumed any piece of queer media up until maybe three months ago.”

“I’m watching The L Word for the first time, and I just watched But I’m a Cheerleader, and I’m watching all these movies and parts of gay culture, specifically lesbian culture, and I’m like, ‘I love this,’” she said. “It’s also been the most rewarding, validating, scary and exciting experience ever.” (If you’re accepting suggestions, Reneé, highly recommend The Handmaiden.)

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