In an interview on Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Fridays livestream on Friday, May 28, Demi talked about the process of sharing their truth with the world, explaining that they grew tired of living their life for other people, at the center of which is a patriarchal society. “When I realized that, I thought, ‘What are the ways that the patriarchy has been holding me back?’” Demi mused. “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.”
Demi first opened up about being non-binary in a podcast episode earlier this month, explaining that their pronouns are they/them. “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,” they said at the time.
During that podcast, Demi echoed some of the themes and comments they addressed with Fonda, expressing that they were tired of hiding who they truly are in order to make others comfortable. “I was suppressing who I really am in order to please stylists or team members or this or that, or even fans that wanted me to be the sexy, feminine pop star in the ... leotard and look a certain way, you know?” Demi said in conversation with Alok Vaid-Menon, a non-binary artist and author. To Demi, gender is “just another boundary”—and they’re ready to inspire others to break boundaries, too. “I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones,” Demi wrote on Twitter earlier this month. “Please keep living in your truths & know I am sending so much love your way.”
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