Demi Lovato On Misgendering And The Art Of Forgiveness

Demi Lovato has been in the public eye for the longest time, rising to fame on Barney and Friends at just four years old before getting swept up by Disney and making fame in hit TV and Film including Camp Rock, Sonny With a Chance, Princess Protection Programme, Glee and As The Bell Rings. Since, they have taken the world by storm with their music, hits including La La Land, Skyscraper, Instruction, Solo and more recently, I Love Me. And we love Demi, too.


As well as music, Disney and early-found stardom, Demi is famous for their honesty that they’ve written into their songs as well as talked about in the media. They’ve gone through no-end of struggles, including childhood abuse from their alcohol and drug-using father, depression, self-harm, low self-esteem, bullying, alcoholism and grief and has recently opened up about their own drug addiction which led to an overdose, causing a heart attack and three strokes. You can see them talk about this in their documentary: Dancing with the Devil.

Our hearts break for Demi and all that they’ve been through, but we are so inspired by their ability to keep coming back and being open about mental illness and addiction in order to help others.


The singer came out as non-binary on their podcast ‘4D With Demi Lovato’.

Demi said: “Over the past year and a half, I’ve been doing some healing and self-reflective work and through this work, I’ve had the revelation that I identify as non-binary. It would mean the word to me if people could start identifying me as they/them.’


They added: ‘I will also be accepting if people slip and say “her/she” because I know in my position, it’s going to take a while for people to get used to.’


Demi is already a well-loved ally of the LGBTQIA community, having stood up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia for years and advocated for LGBTQIA rights. They came out as pansexual back in March.


Demi also recently Tweeted: “Every day we wake up, we are given another opportunity and chance to be who we want and wish to be. I’ve spent the majority of my life growing in front of all of you… you’ve seen the good, the bad, & everything in between.


“I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths and know I am sending so much love your way xox.”


Demi's Podcast 4D With Demi Lovato can be found at: linktr.ee/4DwithDemi

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