>Rose came out as a lesbian at age 12. Because of her sexuality and gender variance, she was bullied, which included verbal and physical abuse by her male peers. She was also sexually abused as a child by a relative. Rose experienced suicidal thoughts, and attempted suicide at age 12. Commenting on having attempted suicide multiple times throughout her life and being diagnosed with different disorders, including clinical depression (which was initially misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder, she stated that she has struggled with mental health issues all of her life. She added, "What I have learned from the struggles of mental health is just how strong I am."
>Rose said she was convinced she was a boy while growing up and that she was saving up money to physically transition from female to male. She said, "It was in my mind as something I wanted to do and then I just... didn't. I guess I grew out of it. I even used to sleep on my front because I didn't want to get boobs ever, which I think worked actually." She stated that modelling led her to discover androgyny, and allowed her to model with different gender expressions. She recalled, "I remember being at a yum cha restaurant with my dad and the owner coming up and saying, 'Excuse me, we're trying to work out if you're a handsome boy or a beautiful girl.' It was a compliment and I was shocked, and when I thought about it I actually wanted to be a handsome boy."