Demi Lovato talks pronouns and being gender-fluid
In May of last year, Demi announced, “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.”
However, in April, fans spotted that the Lovato had quietly amended her Instagram to include she/her as well as they/them.
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As we all know, the journey of self-discovery is rarely straight (literally)-forward. But for now it seems Demi is back to she/ her pronouns, although the singer’s Instagram bio at the time of writing still displays they/them/she/her.
Appearing on a podcast, released Monday (August 1), the singer said, “I’m such a fluid person when it comes to my gender, my sexuality, my music, my creativity,” while discussing her sonic evolution.
“I’ve actually adopted the pronouns of she/her again with me,” Demi told hosts on the Spout Podcast. Adding, “I felt like, especially last year, my energy was balanced and my masculine and feminine energy.”
“When I was faced with the choice of walking into a bathroom and it said women and men, I didn’t feel like there was a bathroom for me because I didn’t feel necessarily like a woman,” she said.
Lovato goes on to say, “Recently I’ve been feeling more feminine, and so I’ve adopted she/her again. But I think what’s important is, like, nobody’s perfect.”
“Everyone messes up pronouns at some point, and especially when people are learning, it’s just all about respect.”
The star has faced some backlash on socials and in the media for the update, with radio presenter Jackie ‘O’ Henderson labelling the move singer ‘flippant’.
While discussing the topic on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, newsreader Brooklyn Ross said: ‘We’re not here to insult anyone on purpose. But Demi Lovato swapping and changing… I’m sorry, but you can’t just expect people to follow your life and know what to call you when it changes back and forth.’
Lovato has always been very candid about her gender journey, previously acknowledging that how she identifies might change day-to-day.
Of course some folk will be quick to judge and use the change as a way to invalidate non-binary pronouns – and that would be wrong.
Gender-fluid people are completely valid. Demi Lovato is completely valid in her search for identity and honest expression of self.
And gender is not black and white. Why are people
We say more power to her for sharing the journey with fans who might be experiencing the same thing!
The former Disney star is currently promoting her eighth album (out August 19), which she describes as a return to more traditional rock ‘n’ roll.