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Lauren Jauregui: 'I won't keep quiet about issues that are important to me'

Fifth Harmony star Lauren Jauregui hates the idea celebrities have to be "dumb" or "frivolous", because she has a lot to say.

The self-confessed anarchist came out as bisexual last year (16) and she has been outspoken about many of U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial gay rights and immigration policies since he was elected in November.

Her stance on many things has prompted backlash from followers who don't agree with her, but she refuses to stay silent or back down.

"A lot of artists are held back by the notion that they'll lose their fan base or alienate themselves," she tells Out.com. "Even friends and family would tell me to keep it to myself. But the more I thought about it, the more I was like, 'Why?'"

"There's this notion that artists are supposed to be dumb and frivolous," she adds. "I completely disagree with that. Madonna, Bob Marley, John Lennon..."

Lauren is also adamant about speaking out because she feels it helps her fans. She recently recorded a track with fellow bisexual Halsey, all about same sex relationships.

"To me the song (Strangers) is culturally valuable because people are feeling so invalidated and distant from themselves, like they should be ashamed of who they are," she says. "It's good to be an anarchist and just love yourself. That's the most rebellious thing you can do right now."

Lauren regrets very little but she wishes she'd reconsidered coming out as a bisexual - because she hates labels.

"The fact that I labeled myself makes me mad sometimes, because dude, I'm just a free spirit," she says. "People still talk (about my sexuality), but it's like, 'Why does it make you feel gross?' You can watch a kid get bombed and not do anything about it, but you can't watch me kiss my girlfriend?"

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