Crazy, Stupid, Love star Lio Tipton, who first rose to fame on America’s Next Top Model, has come out as queer and non-binary.
The 32-year-old, who was credited as Analeigh Tipton as she starred in the romantic comedy alongside Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, made the announcement on Instagram on Wednesday, the second day of Pride Month.
‘Hi. My name is Lio. My pronouns are they/them,” they wrote. “I am proud to announce that I am queer and that I identify as non-binary.”
Opening: Crazy, Stupid, Love star Lio Tipton, who first rose to fame on America’s Next Top Model, has come out as queer and non-binary
‘Hi. My name is Lio. My pronouns are they/them,” they wrote. ‘I am proud to announce that I am queer and identify as non-binary’
They continued: ‘I hope to return so much love and support to those who continue to show love and support for the Pride community at large’
They continued, “I hope to return so much love and support to those who continue to show love and support to the Pride community at large.”
Next to the message was a drawing of red and blue stick figures in round and square shapes, with one stick figure in the middle a mix of round and square – and wearing the yellow, white, purple and black colors of the non-binary flag.
Lio has also officially changed their Instagram handle to @liotipton.
Supportive comments have been pouring in, with fans saying they are “proud” of the star and then fall in love.
Even Tio’s ex, Jake McDorman, wrote “Proud of you Lio” with a heart emoji.
Flashback: The 32-year-old first rose to fame on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model, where they placed third
In the cinema: they starred with Steve Carell (pictured), Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love
At least one commenter expressed confusion about the concept of being non-binary, which Lio took the time to respond to.
“It means I don’t identify with the traditional binary gender structure,” Lio wrote. ‘I don’t feel like I fit in one box for a long time.
“It allows me to understand myself beyond how people expect me to. I made the choice to switch to non-binary.
‘I am pansexual, which is independent of one’s gender identity. It seems I’m not a box person, too claustrophobic. It means something unique to everyone, and that’s the beauty of it. I hope this helps a bit.’
Pansexuals are attracted to others regardless of their gender or gender identity.
Beau: Lio currently appears to be in a relationship with Walt Disney Studios Executive Chaz Salembier, with whom they shared a photo in February
Lio currently appears to be in a relationship with Walt Disney Studios Executive Chaz Salembier, with whom they shared a photo in February.
The Minnesota-born actor is considered one of the most successful contestants on America’s Next Top Model, having appeared on Cycle 11 of the Tyra Banks show.
After finishing third, they signed with Ford Models and appeared in Marie Claire, Seventeen, Maxim and even Vogue, as well as ads for Forever 21 and Guess.
The star then moved on to acting, playing roles in The Green Hornet, Damsels in Distress, Warm Bodies and Lucy.
In 2014, Lio starred in Two Night Stand alongside Miles Teller and can now be seen in the Paramount+ series Why Women Kill.
They will appear in The Long Home, which is in post-production, and have just joined the cast of Vengeance, BJ Novak’s directorial debut, which will also star Issa Rae and Ashton Kutcher.
‘Life Update’: Last week, Dance Moms star Zackery Torres, 22, announced they’re transitioning after coming out as transgender and non-binary
Memories: Zackery was the first male participant in Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition with coach Abby Lee Miller, and they later played on Dance Moms (pictured, center)
Lio is the latest star to publicly identify as non-binary recently.
Last week, Dance Moms star Zackery Torres, 22, announced that they are transitioning after coming out as transgender and non-binary. Zackery uses both she/she and she/her pronouns.
“I’m switching!” said the reality star on TikTok. That means I’m transgender if you didn’t already know. My pronouns are she/she which means she or she is totally fine, and I’m just here to tell you I’m going to be posting more on TikTok and I’m excited about it!’
Zackery was the first male participant in Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition with coach Abby Lee Miller, and they later played on Dance Moms.
And earlier last month, pop superstar Demi Lovato made a similar revelation to fans that they will use the pronouns she/she.
The 28-year-old, who also identifies as pansexual, opened up on social media.
“Over the past year and a half, I’ve been doing some healing and self-reflective work, and through this work I’ve had the revelation that I identify as non-binary,” Demi said.
Wow! Pop superstar Demi Lovato made a similar revelation, telling fans they will use the pronouns they/them
That said, I will officially change my pronouns to she/she. I feel this best reflects the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know and are still discovering.”
“I want to make it clear that I’m still learning and getting into myself – I’m not claiming to be an expert or a spokesperson.”
Demi urged fans to “continue to live in your truths” and sent “so much love” to those who still struggle to accept their identities.
“Every day we wake up, we get a new chance and opportunity to be who we want to be and want to be,” added the. “I’ve spent most of my life growing for all of you… you’ve seen the good, the bad, and everything in between.
My life has not only been a journey for myself, I also lived for those on the other side of the cameras.
Today is a day I am so happy to share more of my life with all of you – I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially change my pronouns to they/them in the future.
‘This has come about after a lot of healing and self-reflection work. I’m still learning and coming to terms with myself, and I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. In sharing this with you, another level of vulnerability now opens up for me.
“I do this for those who have not been able to share who they really are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths and know I’m sending so much love your way xox (sic).’