Demi Lovato Comes Out as Non-Binary

Written on 05/24/2021
Staff Columnist

Superstar Demi Lovato has shared with the world that they identify as nonbinary and are changing their pronouns – CKPG Today reports.

On Wednesday, May 19, the singer surprised the world when they announced that they identify as nonbinary and are changing pronouns to ‘they/them’ going forward. Lovato made the announcement on the first episode of their new podcast called 4D, explaining that the decision came after ‘self-reflective work.’

“I want to take this moment to share something very personal with you,” Lovato said to begin the show. “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 nonbinary.

“With that said, I’ll officially be changing my pronouns to they/them. I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am, and still am discovering.”

In 2018, Lovato gave a rare look into their personal life through a YouTube documentary after a near-fatal overdose. The documentary shared Lovato’s personal struggle with mental health and addiction.

On the podcast, Lovato spoke to gender-nonconforming author and performer Alok Vaid-Menon and said they felt pressured to “look a certain way” before reaching a consensus about their identity.

“In 2018 when I overdosed, I feel like the reason why that happened was because I was ignoring my truth, and I was suppressing who I really am in order to please stylists or team members ... or even fans that wanted me to be the sexy, feminine pop star in the leotard,” Lovato told Vaid-Menon.

“I thought that was what I was supposed to be, and now I just realize that it’s so much more important to live your truth than to ever suppress yourself because that’s the type of stuff that happens when you do.”

Lovato added that they understand there is a grace period for people to get accustomed to their new pronouns. They also said they are still learning and do not consider themselves a spokesperson for the LGBTQ and nonbinary community.

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