Having wrapped production on Ryan Murphy's campy co-ed slasher series Scream Queens, the former child star is putting more time into her music career and prepping for an upcoming album.
In October, Palmer released her music video for her new single "I Don't Belong To You." And the steamy clip, which finds the Nickelodeon alum in various stages of undress and, at the end, winding up with a woman, sparked buzz about Palmer's sexuality.
So was the video a kind of coming-out?
"The video was to represent the young woman today – it's not the traditional woman anymore – and not the specifics of 'Am I gay? Am I straight? Am I bi?'" the actress-singer, 22, says in the new issue of PEOPLE. "I'm making the rules for myself, and I don't have to be stuck down to one label."
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And Palmer – who will appear alongside Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Carly Rae Jepsen and more in next month's Grease: Live on FOX – says defining her sexuality to anyone but herself is a moot point.
"I don't feel the need to define nothin' to nobody, because I'm always changing. Why say that I'm this or that when I might not be tomorrow?" she says. "I'm gonna follow my own feelings and my own heart."