The further she gets into her music career, the savvier Bonnie is getting. She today finds it funny that she totally believed in these idols’ authenticity. “As a kid when you're seeing these people, you don't realise that they are pop stars, really. You’re presented with the marketing and you take it at face value and you see interviews with Avril Lavigne and you think, ‘Wow, she's such a rockin’ skater chick.’ I always wanted to be that – [just] not the fake version.”
The unpackaged, un-pop route for Stand Atlantic meant that, besides a three-week spell working on their debut album, they have been constantly touring for years. “Unless you're a Spotify band, that's the only way to do it,” Bonnie says. “You have to be present and be a part of that culture because that's what it's all about.” They also knew they had to leave their “geographically challenged” continent to reach the rest of the world, and they did so by aligning themselves with the biggest names in pop-punk: in the recent past they’ve supported New Found Glory, State Champs and Neck Deep.
Thankfully it was before this hectic touring life that she understood her own sexuality. “I'm all about that emotional connection. I wouldn't rule out a trans person or I wouldn't rule out a non-binary person. We're just in layers of skin – it's fine.” Although she isn’t that attached to labels, she identifies as bisexual.
“The real internal work that I did on figuring that out luckily was not on tour,” she explains. “If all the craziness had started and I hadn't worked that out I would have just pushed it to the side because I had so many other things going on, I would have just seen it as a distraction.” In similar ways to gender, queerness was often presented stereotypically in ’00s pop culture, when Bonnie was a teenager. “Growing up there were people out, but I hated it so much in myself that I just didn't pay much attention to it. Now there’s such diverse representation that you can see yourself in so many other people. I think it's a lot easier for people to work that out for themselves, and if I can be that for even just one person, that’s super cool to me.”
The queer proportion of Stand Atlantic’s fanbase are gravitating towards Bonnie, often before even knowing about her sexuality (“It’s gaydar on another level,” she laughs). “I'm just grateful that I can post a photo of my girlfriend and I and not get hate for it. Obviously I don't want to make my social media a haven for my relationship or anything, but every now and again I do like to show something about it just to show people that it's okay.”