On behalf of Charleston Pride, BEAU Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with Betty Who, one of the headlining performers for this years 2018 Charleston Pride Festival September 22 at Brittle Bank Park.
Born in Australia and based in Los Angeles, she has quietly elevated herself to a worldwide phenomenon on her own terms. The pop star’s sophomore album, The Valley, yielded a string of international hits. “I Love You Always Forever” went double-platinum in Australia and garnered 22
million Spotify streams. She has given performances to benefit UNICEF, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, and many more. She joined forces with Lululemon and Soul Cycle to launch the acoustic “Beats Per Moment” tour, ran a Nike marathon on the entertainment team, and partnered with a personal favorite workout app, Aaptiv, for playlisting.
(BEAU) Thank you for your ongoing support in the LGBTQ+ community. What are some of the LGBT related projects that you’ve been working on or have been involved with in the past, and what does it mean to you to be a part of pro-LGBT organizations?
(Betty Who) I’ve been lucky enough to spend most of my summers for the last few years touring and playing at pride festivals. One of my favourite LGBTQ+ related projects I’ve ever done was when I got to sing on Troye Sivan’s “Heaven.” It was a song not only for LGBTQ+ people but I think for everyone struggling with their identity and being true to yourself vs. what other people think of you. It’s incredibly important to me to be honest about my personal struggles and experiences in the hope that someone will hear my story and know they’re not alone.
(BEAU) Can you tell us a little about your inspiration for the Beats Per Moment Tour?
Betty Who) It was so cool to partner with Lululemon and Soul Cycle and bring a more intimate show and experience to my fans across the country. It combined two things I loved: my personal health and wellness and my music which was a first for me.
(BEAU) We are so honored to welcome you to Charleston Pride this year! Can you share what “Pride” means to you?
(Betty Who) Pride means accepting every single part of yourself, your least favourite and your most favourite, and showing it off to the world with exactly that: pride. I’m so excited to be celebrating with Charleston this year!