Demi Lovato recently came out to their fans as non-binary and has revealed they will be using they/them pronouns from now on. However, in a new interview, they have disclosed why they didn't come out sooner...
Here's the full story...
Back in May, Demi Lovato came out to their fans as Non-Binary and said they would now be using they/them pronouns.
In a new interview with Jane Fonda, Demi has revealed why they didn't come out sooner, what has been holding them back and what they are doing now to live as their true authentic self.
Now, we all know and love Demi Lovato for being a person of many talents...
And they have cemented a firm career for themselves as a singer, songwriter, actor, and producer.
The New Mexico-born actor rose to fame at a very young age.
It all started in 2007 when they played Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel short series As the Bell Rings.
They went on to star in Disney's Camp Rock and Sonny With a Chance which propelled them to stardom even more.
After their Disney years, Lovato stepped into the world of music...
And they have released iconic singles such as "Don't Forget" (2008), "Skyscraper" (2011), "Heart Attack" (2013), and "Sorry Not Sorry" (2017).
The star also has a very strong social media presence...
IT’S PRIDE EVERY DAMN DAY Y’ALL! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💗🖤🤍 pic.twitter.com/ro3ZmUGzZa— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 2, 2021
And they're often seen using their platform to discuss topics such as politics, LGBTQ+, feminism, and of course, the Black Lives Matter movement.
But just like many young Disney stars...
Lovato has had their fair share of struggles over the years.
Lovato opened up about their mental health for the first time in this infamous interview 9 years ago.
While being interviewed on Good Morning America the star was candid and honest about their mental health struggles, with this interview marking the first time they ever opened up about what had been going on behind closed doors.
The actor has always been open about their struggles with mental health...
And they are often praised for their candid and honest approach to the topic.
Lovato also has a history of substance abuse...
They have previously spoken about dealing with bipolar disorder, depression, self harm and an eating disorder.
They have struggled with drug and alcohol addictions since the age of seventeen...
And Lovato was first admitted into rehab at the age of eighteen.
Their vulnerability and honesty are perhaps why fans feel so connected to Lovato...
Because anyone who has ever gone through this kind of darkness in their life can relate to the singer's own journey.
But back in 2018, Lovato experienced one of their most life-threatening moments yet.
In July 2018, the actor was found unconscious at their home in Los Angeles after suffering a major overdose.
They were administered Narcan before being rushed to a nearby hospital.
Following the overdose, the star spent nearly 2 weeks in a hospital before undergoing treatment at a rehab facility and sober living facility for several months.
The press was made aware of the overdose but as it turns out, it was so much more serious than anyone realized.
Last month, Lovato's latest YouTube documentary, Dancing With The Devil, was released...
And the star got seriously candid over how serious their overdose in 2018 was.
"I've had so much to say over the past 2 years wanting to set the record straight about what it was that happened."
"I've had a lot of lives. Like my cat, you know? I'm on my 9th life," they added.
They explained the overdose was that severe, they suffered 3 strokes, a heart attack, and was left with some brain damage.
"I had 3 strokes. I had a heart attack," they said. "My doctors said that I had 5 to ten more minutes. I crossed a line that I had never crossed."
In one harrowing scene, Lovato is even seen in a hospital bed hooked up to a drip during their hospitalization.
Their mother, Dianna De La Garza, is then shown saying: "We're watching all of [their] blood come out of [their] body into a machine."
Lovato then says to the camera:
"I was left with brain damage and I still feel the effects of that," adding that they no longer drive because of blurry vision.
In May, Lovato shocked the world and revealed they are non-binary.
Writing a statement the singer told their followers on Instagram:
"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, and everything in between."
"Not only has my life been a journey for myself, I was also living for those on the other side of the cameras."
"Today is a day I'm so happy to share more of my life with you all - 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," they then wrote.
In an interview with Jane Fonda's 'Fire Drill Friday,' Lovato opened up about their experiences as coming out as non-binary.
They explained that if they had continued to "listen to the patriarchy" they wouldn't be who they are today. They said they would "probably be married to a man with kids, doing the thing that I was raised to believe I should do."
Lovato said they had spent years living their life for other people and making themself "smaller".
"Growing up in Dallas, Texas, in the South, being Christian, there was a lot of norms that were already pushed on to me when it came to sexuality and gender," Lovato said. "And I'm a very fluid person, I'm a very free spirited, open person."
And growing up there have been times where they have felt more masculine and more feminine.
"So, there's been moments in my life that have been very confusing to me, you know being 10 years old, attracted to women and not knowing what that meant as a Christian and being raised in the South where that's not very open. You know, it's harder there," they continued.
YES! 🙌 The future we’re fighting for is one where we all can thrive, love, and live in harmony with the planet.— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) May 28, 2021
Thank you @DDLovato for joining today's @FireDrillFriday with @JaneFonda! pic.twitter.com/Ro5guoKsMx
reading what people have to say about demi lovato breaks my heart yo— urban ×3 (@Urban_Weirdo) June 4, 2021
"No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel." - Demi Lovato— Deep Pandey (@deeppandey987) June 4, 2021
They told Fonda that it would "mean the world" if they could use the correct pronouns.
"No matter what choices men thought I should make for myself, I just started listening to me, which I ended up finding out was equal parts masculine and feminine," Lovato said. They said they stripped themself of the norms society has put on them and became "the most complete and authentic version of myself that I have ever been in my life."
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