Demi Lovato is done living for other people.
The 28-year-old singer spoke candidly about their decision to come out as nonbinary during a discussion with Jane Fonda for the Fire Drill Friday livestream.
"After years of living my life for other people, trying to make myself smaller for the patriarchy—they run the industry, they are at the center of everything. When I realized that, I thought, ‘What are the ways that the patriarchy has been holding me back?’" Lovato explained. "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."
During the live stream conversation, Lovato also discussed the nation's current political divide and expressed a need for greater empathy and compassion.
"I think all I can encourage people to do is to find more compassion and to have more empathy for others," they said. "If you’re having a hard time finding that towards others, go within yourself, find it within yourself so you can find it for others because that’s what will bring us together is that unity."
Lovato came out as nonbinary and announced they would be using the pronouns they/them going forward during the first episode of their new podcast, 4D With Demi Lovato.
"I want to take this moment to share something very personal with you. Over the past year and a half I've been doing some healing and self-reflective work and through this work, I've had the revelation that I identify as non-binary," Lovato explained. "With that said, I'll officially be changing my pronouns to 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."
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