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This Is Why People Think Dakota Johnson Came Out as Bisexual

Dakota Johnson on a red carpet

There's been a flood of celebrities coming out over the past few months. During Pride month, in fact,  almost 20 celebrities opened up to the public about their gender or sexuality. And while all of those were pretty explicit declarations, one way or another,  on social media users have been poking around old interviews and think they've uncovered another queer notable that has been living right under our noses. 

On Wednesday tweets began circulating with screenshots of a 2017 interview Dakota Johnson had done. "Dakota Johnson being a sapphic is such a huge win I love it," one read. Sapphic is an inclusive term referring to any female-identified figure that is attracted to other female-identified figures. the tweet included a photo of Johnson drinking out of a Nalgene while shopping (naturally) and snippets of a Vogue interview where she discusses sexuality. 

In the interview, Johnson discusses her role in A Bigger Splash, made by Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. There, she played a sexually charged role originated by Jane Birkin. This, of course, came after her turn in the first installment of Fifty Shades of Grey

“I’ve been in a phase of my life where I’m fascinated by young women coming to terms with their sexuality,” she told Vogue of her role choices. “I guess, by proxy, I have been experiencing that in my own life, and it’s very interesting to me.”

Later, Johnson continues speaking about her own sexuality. In the literal Glass House that Philip Johnson built for him and his partner David Whitney, she talks about having ended her recent relationship with Matt Hitt.

“Shit happens,” she said. “I think I’m a little bit heartbroken all the time, even when I’m in a happy relationship. I don’t do casual very well, and my feelings, even the good ones, get so intense that they hurt.” And then for the line that has bi+ twitter currently wagging their tongues: “Can we make things really juicy? Can we say that I’m taking this time to explore my bisexuality? Or that I have given myself to the Lord following the release of my sexually explicit trifecta of films?” The resulting tweets have honestly been gold, drawing connections between these quotes and other, possibly sexually charged, sapphic moments.

The internet had its latest bi icon.

All of that said, it doesn't seem that, when taken in context, Johnson was coming out as bisexual. Within her first quote, she appears to be discussing coming to terms with sexuality in general as opposed to sexual orientation. The roles she had been playing involved the characters coming to terms with sexuality and how power is or is not an aspect of the sexual exchange. Many times, these were in heterosexual couplings. And for the second quote, Johnson admittedly was posing salacious possibilities. One could even go so far as to say she was parodying a genre of sensationalist tabloid reporting  by over exaggerating. It's important to note that she follows the option of bisexual exploration to seemingly the idea that she is going to abstain and give herself to religion. It's clear that these are not actual commentaries on who she is.

Still, if we could claim her after that moment with Ellen DeGeneres, we certainly would! But until there's something a little more substantive, we're going to hold the bi part of calling her a "bi icon."

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