This is exactly what your teen is going through. If they are using it to get attention, my hope is that this was not an intentional thing on their part. How do handle it from here on out? Please note: Hi Kristi, I am sorry that I did not see you post sooner.
How to react to news that her daughter is dating a woman?
Please do not personalize this too much.
5 Truths About Teens and Dating
If this IS a phase for her, your love and acceptance will allow her to get through the phase without unnecessary heartache. For some, that can make dating easier because they may get to know one another better online first. It also applies to unmarried adult children. While you do all this important sorting and normal adjusting, please just treat this unexpected love as you would the one you expected.