JoJo Siwa’s Mom Speaks Out on Candace Cameron Bure Drama

  • JoJo Siwa’s mom recently spoke out about her daughter’s interaction with Candace Cameron Bure in 2016.
  • Jessalynn Siwa posted a video of her telling a different version of the story on her podcast.
  • “It’s not about a simple photo, it’s about how you treat people,” she wrote in the video caption.

JoJo Siwa’s mom Jessalynn took to Instagram recently to remind people that there is another side to the story of her daughter’s encounter with Candace Cameron Bure.

Jessalynn posted an old video clip of her podcast “Success With Jess” and in the caption, told her followers that 46-year-old Bure’s version of events “wasn’t quite right.”

In July, JoJo, 19, posted a video of herself answering questions about the famous people she’s met as part of a TikTok trend. She didn’t speak in the video, but when prompted with words on the screen she revealed that Bure was the “rudest” celebrity she’d ever met. She went on to name Zendaya as her celebrity crush, Miley Cyrus as the “nicest” and Elton John as the “coolest” celebrity she’d met.

Initially, Bure seemed to post a Bible verse in response to JoJo’s revelation. Soon after the TikTok went viral, Bure posted an image with the coordinates of the Bible verse Isaiah 26:4 on it. The verse reads, “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal,” per the New International Version.

Later, Bure posted a more direct response video to Instagram and said she’d called JoJo to clarify the younger star’s feelings about her.

According to Bure, the pair “had a great conversation” and JoJo told her that the explanation for her TikTok was “so silly.”

Jojo Siwa / Candace Cameron Bure

Siwa and Bure.

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Bure said that JoJo told her that when she was a preteen and attended the “Fuller House” premiere, Bure had refused to take a picture with her, saying “not right now” when she approached.

The mother of three said she apologized to JoJo for breaking the young dancer’s heart. She also asked JoJo to apologize to Jessalynn for her because, “I know if anyone crosses my kids, mama bear comes out.”

Bure said that there was “no drama” between her and JoJo and asked everyone to “move on” from the drama.

But Jessalynn recalled her and JoJo’s 2016 encounter with Bure differently

In an Instagram post on Monday, Jessalynn shared a video of herself telling the story of when her daughter asked Bure for a picture during an old episode of her podcast. Key details of Jessalynn’s story are different than Bure’s.

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According to Jessalynn’s recollection, the encounter happened at the after party of the “quaint” 2016 premiere in an Italian restaurant, not on the red carpet.

She described the restaurant as “crowded,” but said that when her daughter went up to Bure and expressed her admiration before asking for a picture, Bure responded, “not now, maybe later” in a dismissive tone.

Jessalynn said the experience was “so sad” and that Bure “just couldn’t be bothered” to take the picture with JoJo, who would have been about 12 at the time. On the podcast, Jessalyn acknowledged that “it’s hard to be a celebrity” and Bure might have been having a bad day, but she said that she and JoJo still remember the encounter.

JoJo and Jessalyn Siwa wearing black and red, respectively.

JoJo and Jessalynn Siwa in 2021.

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Before her mother’s post, JoJo had also commented on Bure’s recollection of their phone call and encounter, saying that Bure didn’t tell “all” of the story.

“At the end of the day this story, it’s not about a simple photo it’s about how you treat people,” Jessalynn wrote in her recent Instagram post. “Real, genuine kindness always goes a long way.”

“It’s super easy to quote a Bible verse when everyone is looking at you, but morals are what you have when no one is looking,” she continued.

Bure’s representative did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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