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Demi Lovato reflected on the public reaction to her pronouns and nonbinary identity.
The singer first came out as nonbinary in May 2021, sharing on Instagram, “I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward.”
Then, earlier this month, Demi revealed that she was using she/her alongside they/them pronouns, saying in an interview on the Spout podcast, “Recently, I’ve been feeling more feminine.”
When asked about the “Twitter overreaction” to Demi using she/her again in a recent NPR interview, she replied, “I don’t care. I didn’t even think that it was going to be a headline.”
“It doesn’t surprise me, because there’s a lot of people out there who have an opinion on everything I say and do. But I just don’t read it. It’s not important to me and there’s so many ignorant people on the internet — you can’t pay attention to them all.”
Demi was then asked about their song “Freak,” which Demi said was inspired by coming out as nonbinary and using they/them pronouns. “That was one that I couldn’t really escape from,” they continued.
“I started seeing in my Instagram comments, people just being really hateful. I stopped paying attention to it, but it did affect me — and I wrote this song ‘Freak’ about it.”
“I was like, ‘You already have this conception of me that I’m different and that I’m weird because I’m coming out as nonbinary, because I’m speaking my truth. This is who I am, and I’m going to own this — and I’m taking the power back from what you have to say about this,'” they said.
Demi’s new album, Holy FVCK, is out now.