Demi Lovato on How Family and Friends Have Responded to Their Pronouns

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After coming out as non-binary earlier this year, Demi Lovato is surrounded by support from their friends and family.

In an interview with Audacy on Thursday, June 17, Demi opened up a little more about the process of coming out, explaining that it took a “year and a half of exploration” to get to a place where they were ready to share with the public. “It feels weird to me when I get called a 'she' or a ‘her,'” Demi explained, emphasizing that implementing new pronouns is undoubtedly a process. “I understand that people might have a hard time adjusting to it, because it is something new, but I want to encourage people to keep trying. I understand that it's a process to get used to. Sometimes I still mess up myself, but it's OK.”

Demi went on to say that their family members have done “an incredible job” at recognizing their pronouns and utilizing them in daily conversation.

“I've noticed especially my older sister Dallas — I've noticed her using 'them' and 'they,' and it really does warm my heart up that people are trying,” they explained, noting that their friends have had a bit of a tougher time adapting. “Just because I think your friends are the ones who you're more likely to be like, ‘Biiitch!'” they joked, adding: “I'm like, look, you can still call me ‘b*tch.’”

The singer-songwriter first came out as non-binary in a social media post in May, telling fans that they have been doing a lot of self-reflection and healing for over a year. “With that said, I'll be officially changing my pronouns to they/them,” Demi said at the time. “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 am still discovering.”

Since officially coming out, Demi has been candid about their journey, recently explaining that they felt stifled by our patriarchal society that often limits expressions of gender. “I thought, ‘What are the ways that the patriarchy has been holding me back?’” Demi mused during an interview with Jane Fonda last month. “And for me, it was putting me in a box telling [me] that ‘You are a female, this is what you’re supposed to like, this is what you’re supposed to do, don’t dream bigger and don’t speak louder.’ That didn’t vibe for me because I’m too outspoken for that.”

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