When we ask our kids what they want to be when they grow up, a lot of them say pop star, movie star or just “famous”… and it makes us wonder, what are the realities of fame? (Except the massive house they’re going to buy us, natch!) JoJo Siwa has grown up in the spotlight. Since starring in Dance Moms 5 years ago, the 14-year-old has launched a pop career and her own YouTube channel (which has 4.6 million subscribers). We had a 5-minute chat with JoJo about the highs and lows of being a child star… (PS If you need 5 minutes to read this, try giving your kids these JoJo-inspired activities).
What’s in your cup?
A passion tea lemonade from Starbucks.
What are the best things about being famous?
It’s crazy that you can walk into Primark and people know who you are. I love that I can inspire people. And that I can reach out to so many people and give an important message – like my anti-bullying campaign.
Have you had to make any sacrifices?
One big thing is my dad and brother live in Nebraska and me and my mom live in California. We want me and my brother to both be successful. He enjoys school in Nebraska and we don’t want to take him away from that.
That must be tough. How do you make it work?
My brother comes out to visit twice a month and my dad makes it four or five times. It’s easier for them to come to us than it is for us to visit them. And my dad’s here with me this week [JoJo is at Slimefest in Blackpool]. We’ve done it for 5 years. We just make it work.
How close are you to your family?
Mom has supported me the whole journey and it’s unbelievable it’s come to this.
My mom, dad and brother are all so supportive. Mom goes literally everywhere with me. You should be super-close with your family – your family are your best friend, they really are.
You were cyber-bullied, how did your family help you cope?
My mom said, “Honestly, why are you being sad over this? You’re better than this. Stop crying!” If you’re being bullied I just think you have to hang out with your friends and remember it’s going to be OK.
What do you say to kids who want to be famous?
Have tons of confidence and just love what you’re doing or else it won’t be fun.
If you could wake up tomorrow and not be famous, would you?
No way! Why would I want to do that?!
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