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Demi Lovato talks about coming out to her parents: ‘I was shaking’

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Demi Lovato is opening up about her sexuality.

In a new interview on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy, the “Anyone” singer spoke about being sexually fluid, which she came out as in 2018, noting, ““I’m very fluid. I think love is love. You can find it in any gender. I like the freedom of being able to flirt with whoever I want.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 02: Demi Lovato attends the Teen Vogue Summit 2019 at Goya Studios on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Teen Vogue)
Demi Lovato, pictured in November, recalls telling her parents that she's sexually fluid. (Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Teen Vogue)

In the radio interview, she recalled telling her parents — mom Dianna De La Garza and stepdad Eddie De La Garza — for the first time. She also spoke about her desire to have children, with a partner or on her own, in the next decade.

“I’m still figuring it out,” Lovato said of her sexuality. “I didn’t officially tell my parents that I saw myself ending up possibly with a woman, too, until 2017,” which is one year after she ended her six-year romance with Wilmer Valderrama.

She said that conversation was “emotional but really beautiful.” She said after she got it out, “I was shaking and crying and I just felt overwhelmed. But I have such incredible parents. They were so supportive. My dad was like: ‘Yeah, obviously,’” and pointed to Lovato’s song "Cool for the Summer," in which she sang about hooking up with a woman.

Lovato went on to say that her mom was “the one that I was super nervous about, but she was just like, ‘I just want you to be happy. And that was so beautiful and amazing, and like I said — so grateful.”

As far as having children of her own, she said, “I don’t know what my future looks like. I don’t know if I’m going to have kids this year or in 10 years. I don’t know if I’m going to do it with a partner or without. Cause women, we don’t need partners [to raise kids]. Amen.”

Fresh off her stunning Grammy Awards performance, Lovato will be singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. But she almost didn’t return to music after her near-fatal overdose in 2018, she revealed during the interview.

“I think as time goes on, I’ll be able to give more information or more details,” she said referring to her overdose. But not performing again — or being able to perform again “was a general thought. We didn’t know what was going to happen. We didn’t know how healthy I’d be when I left, it was a scary time in my life for sure.”

Since Lovato left rehab the fall of 2018, she’s had two public romances — with Austin Wilson and Henry Levy. Just prior to rehab, she posted a social media photo touching tongues with her longtime backup dancer Dani Vitale, but quickly deleted them. Fans long speculated about the relationship between the women, who are no longer friends amid fallout over Lovato’s overdose.

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