Demi Lovato came out as non-binary earlier this week, and while many fans and other celebs have been showing them support, Demi had something to say to those who claim they came out as non-binary for “attention.” Let’s get into it.
In case you missed it, on Wednesday, Demi Lovato revealed in a post about their new podcast “4D With Demi Lovato” that they identify as non-binary.
“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. With that said, I’ll officially be changing my pronouns to they/them.” Demi has previously been open about identifying as queer and pansexual, but this was the first time they shared their gender identity with the world.
Many fans and celebs rallied around Demi, noting how big this moment was, not only for Demi but also for the non-binary and LGBTQ+ communities. But amid the congratulations and support, there were also people spreading hate and negativity.
As one fan put it, “It doesn’t matter if you like Demi Lovato or not, what we’re NOT going to do is mock them coming out and question if they’re “really” non-binary.” And in the podcast episode, Demi addressed the people questioning whether or not they’re “really non binary” or just attention-seeking.
When Demi’s co-host Alok asked what they thought about people saying they’re only coming out for their career, here’s what Demi had to say. “I could leave my career today, I’m still going to identify as non-binary tomorrow. For the first time in my life I’m putting my well being over my career.”
And Demi acknowledged that with coming out as nonbinary, they knew they would face some criticism. “That’s the difference in somebody, you know, I guess doing something for attention versus speaking your truth is that I know that not everybody is going to love that this is me and that this is my truth.” But Demi says they have compassion for the people who think they’re just attention-seeking because maybe it’s making others question things in their own lives.
Additionally, Demi added that if they didn’t live their truth freely, it could put them back into the bad place they were in a few years ago when they had a near-fatal overdose. “This is my truth and I can’t shove it down or suppress it any longer or I’ll end up where I did a few years ago and I never wanna end up there again.”
And so, Demi said they’re going to live their truth as loudly as possible so that others feel comfortable living their truths as well.
And we thank Demi as well as other stars like Sam Smith, Jonathan Van Ness, Halsey, Tommy Dorfman, and more for proudly sharing their gender identity. It is making a difference in so many people’s lives and making their fans feel seen.
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