Since returning to the United States earlier this week, Demi Lovato has been gushing about her recent trip to Israel via social media. The singer called her visit “absolutely magical,” expressing on Instagram that she had “never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God.” However, some followers took her trip to Israel as Lovato choosing a side in the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and criticized her for her apparent political stance.
Lovato took to her Instagram Stories on October 2nd to clarify her intentions for visiting Israel and apologize for any hurt or confusion she had caused.
In an October 2nd Instagram post, Lovato enlightened her followers to the fact that this trip was offered to her and not necessarily planned in advance. “I am an American singer. I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes,” she wrote in the caption.
She apologized for not being more educated on the current situation in Israel and thinking that her visit would be seen as solely spiritual. “I’d rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself, than staying quiet to please other people,” she said, stating that she went “against all advice” warning her not to acknowledge the criticism.