After telling the world that she was happiest that she's ever been in her personal life, JoJo Siwa was subjected to the horrifying experience of being "swatted" mere hours after officially coming out. The YouTube and Dance Moms star took to Instagram this weekend to talk about the experience and explain who she believes did it, calling the incident "really scary."
"Our house got 'swatted,'" Siwa said in a livestream of the Instagram account of Nate Javier who is her videographer. The extremely ticklish Javier had called Siwa his "gay best friend" earlier in the broadcast and pushed her to open up about the experience. "Basically what happened is we were at our house and there were a bunch of police to get out of the house."
Swatting is when someone calls the police and claims that something is happening in order to get law enforcement to respond to the location and lock it down. According to Siwa, about 50 officers converged on her home yelling for everyone to come out of the house. This came hours after she wore a shirt on Twitter proclaiming herself as the "Best. Gay. Cousin." which was her official coming out.
"Basically we went outside hands up because we obviously have to follow the rules and do what you're supposed to do," she explained. "And then the police were saying that somebody had called and made a claim and then all of a sudden paparazzi came from around the corner."
"I think because I recently told the internet how happy I was, and told the internet that I am whatever I am ... the only reason I'm not saying what I am is because I don't know what I am but I know that I'm really happy and that's all that matters," she continued. On Saturday she did a livestream on her own Instagram account, giddily explaining how happy she was and why she didn't identify with a label yet. "But since I recently 'came out to the internet' is officially the term, the media is obviously very excited which I love and I love the support however, you know, you could have just hung outside my house and I would have eventually come outside."
Siwa said she wound up outside wearing no shoes as a result of the police, but did manage to grab her camera and recorded the entire event. In some footage that has surfaced online, there are nine marked police vehicles, what seems to be two unmarked vehicles and a fire truck. She went on to call the experience "really scary" saying that her "fear was someone in the house that I didn't know about." When the police arrived outside she was on the phone with her friend Kylie. Siwa and Javier are considering doing a YouTube video that includes the footage Siwa captured as well as their home surveillance video.
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