LGBTQ inclusion in mainstream music isn’t always easy to find, leave rare gems like Troye Sivan who openly uses same-sex pronouns in his music and goes out of his way to talk about how deeply personal his songs are.
So when Little Mix, the UK pop quarter currently touring with Ariana Grande, dedicated their performance of “Secret Love Song” to their LGBTQ fans saying, “To our LGBT fans… please don’t ever be afraid of who you are,” it was kind of a big deal.
After a fan revealed their theory that the lyrics pertained to LGBTQ people who were afraid to express their feelings in public, band member Jade Thirlwall tweeted an affirmation that these were indeed the sentiments the band was trying to portray in the soulful tune.
@mmm_gash I'm so happy you've said this this is how I picture it and how we saw the music video in our heads xxjadexx
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) November 5, 2015
“When you hold me in the street and you kiss me on the dance floor
I wish that it could be like that
Why can't it be like that
'Cause I'm yours
We keep behind closed doors
Every time I see you, I die a little more
Stolen moments that we steal as the curtain falls
It'll never be enough
It's obvious you're meant for me
Every piece of you, it just fits perfectly
Every second, every thought, I'm in so deep
But I'll never show it on my face
But we know this, we got a love that is homeless”
Thrilwall took to Instagram after the band’s performance saying, “singing ‘Secret Love Song’ meant more than usual tonight” along with the dedication. If this is what the next generation of mainstream pop looks like, we’re into it.