Lauren Jauregui covered a lot of her usual ground in a new Q&A with Huffington Post. She discussed the future of Fifth Harmony, why she came out as bisexual and why she keeps speaking out against President Donald Trump. She also combined two of these topics when she shared advice for LGBTQ people who might have concerns about the president and what his policies could mean for their day-to-day lives.
“Don’t lose your sense of individuality,” Lauren offered. “Don’t lose your love for yourself, and how much you’ve grown, and how far you’ve come. Do not allow this bullshit to change that or to take that away from you. You’re still loved. We love you, we support you, we’re here and we’re all together in this. Nobody’s going to take our voice away.”
Lauren’s typical outspokenness was full of inspiring messages throughout the Q&A. In one answer, she also hinted that her out-front politics might find a way into Fifth Harmony’s upcoming music.
“I feel like there’s going to be touches of it in our music because it’s the reality of what we’re going through and art is supposed to be reflective of the times,” Lauren said of the possibility for more political music from Fifth Harmony. “This is the first time that we get to write. It’s a whole new vibe. It’s really cool because we get to say shit that we really want to say.”
“I think pop culture has always influenced society,” Lauren said, explaining the opportunities she and the other girls saw for themselves. “Whether we want to or not, we influence kids. We influence people. We affect people’s lives whether we want to or not.” She also believes Fifth Harmony is in a unique position to be a visible symbol of democratic values.
“The four of us are women of color,” she explained. “You’ve got a whole spectrum of cultures right there. We’re all very different body types, very different personalities, very different energies that we bring to the world. That, in itself, is sort of magnetic about us. I feel like our fans identify with us because they’re like, ‘I’m her’ or ‘I don’t look like any of them, but I’m different like them.’”
As for Donald himself, Lauren still seems to have hope that his attitudes can be changed. She thinks it might just take a meaningful conversation with the right people.
When asked which three people–alive or dead–she’d like to have dinner with, Lauren had this to say: “John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Jr. and … Trump. I would like for the three of us to talk to him.”
Read Lauren’s full Q&A with HuffPo here.
(Photo credit: Lauren Jauregui Instagram account)