Earlier this week, US singer, songwriter and actor, Demi Lovato, came out as non-binary, they also announced that they will be changing their pronouns to they/them via a social media post. While in the spotlight, the singer has been opening up about coming to terms with their identity in an interview with People, a preview for her Bring Change to Mind’s A Conversation Starter livestream.
This has been considered a major development for the Queer community who have found a new role model in Demi Lovato. The singer shared: “I had suppressed so much of myself over the years. Growing up in the South and being raised Christian, I had these beliefs I had been told.”
They also added that they knew for a long time they were queer: “When I came out to LA, I knew I was queer. But, I think that a part of my freedom is acknowledging the queer part of myself […] Because for many years I shoved it down and I tried to fit it into a mold of what I thought society wanted from me. And, so much freedom in my life today has come from just me living my authentic truth“.
The conversation also touched Lovato’s battle with their eating disorder as well as the effect encountered on their self-esteem. They shared: “My eating disorder taught me to make myself smaller. So that I could please the rest of the world.”
They have now realized that they can be powerful and have influence without pleasing the world by “living their truth and that it is what will make them happy. And even though there is a “thin line” between the two ways of life, they would like their life to stay that way from now on.
It is over the past few months that the American singer has opened up about their queer identity. In March, Lovato came out as pansexual after revealing they were queer during the fall of 2020.
Lovato has also shown important support for the LGBTQ+ community by tweeting: “Doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones.“. Hopefully, this will encourage more people to reveal and embrace their true selves.