Things are only getting better for Dove Cameron.
Earlier this year, the singer-actress confirmed that she's "queer," and though she noted that she was never hiding her sexuality — in 2020, she told fans she was bisexual during an Instagram Live — the former Disney darling insisted that life has been great since coming out.
"I have allowed myself to be more seen and supported and held than I had previously. I've always been exactly the same. Like, I've never pretended to be anything that I wasn't," she explained to PEOPLE. "But through the public acknowledgement of my sexuality, I feel like I'm living my life more bare, which feels really vulnerable, but I'm also trying to be OK with that."
The Dumplin' star admitted she was hesitant to share her true self with the public, but she noted to the Gay Times that the entertainment industry "has changed a lot in terms of having room for people with platforms to be human and not to be picked apart."
"I was really nervous to come out and, one day, I dropped it because I was behaving like somebody who was out and I realized I wasn't," added Cameron. "When you are who you are, you assume people see that and then you realize, 'No, I have to come out otherwise people aren't gonna know.'"
Regardless of what anyone else thinks, the actress stated she's "making no apologies for who I am. I'm not saying it slightly differently to make people more comfortable."
"With the process of coming out, it was about who I am as a whole rather than who I choose to date or sleep with," the Descendants star expressed. "I'm choosing to love myself, to be who I am every day and not edit myself depending on the room that I'm in."
Since coming out, the blonde babe has developed "such an unbelievable relationship with my fans and we have this very safe space that we've created."
In fact, sharing her own truth inspired others to do the same.
"A lot of my fans have come out to me. A lot of my fans have told me that, because it's such a non-issue with me," the "We Belong" singer said. "It wasn't a big announcement. It was never something I really dove into. It was like here I am and here I always have been."