Demi Lovato has revealed that she cut her hair to ‘free’ herself from ‘gender and sexuality norms,’ weeks after confirming she identifies as pansexual.
The singer-songwriter, made the comments while appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show.
She said: “I was so preoccupied trying to be the sexy feminine pop star that I just ignored who I am.
“I cut my hair because I just wanted to free myself of all of the gender and sexuality norms that were placed on me as a Christian in the South.”
She went on to reveal that chopping her long locks made her feel ‘liberated,’ adding: “When I cut my hair, I felt so liberated because I wasn’t subscribing to an idea or a belief placed upon me to be something that I’m not.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Lovato opened up about the pressures of growing up in the spotlight and how her parents struggled to discipline her due to her being a famous child actor.
She said: “My parents, they did the best that they could. There’s no manual on how to raise a child star.
“And when the child star retorts back after the parent says, you know, ‘You’re grounded for sneaking out at three in the morning,’ or whatever. I retorted with, ‘Well, I pay the bills, what are you gonna do? What are you gonna do to keep me grounded?’ And so it was challenging.”
Lovato’s career began on Barney & Friends when she was just eight years old.
Opening up about her early start, she said: “It was also really, really interesting. I started working on set at eight years old on Barney & Friends. So I was around adults at eight years old, and I actually always got along better with adults than kids.
“For some reason that was just always me. So when I got around a lot of adults, like, I felt more comfortable. But the adults leave work and they go and have a drink, the kids, what do we do?
“It was this weird thing to think about, especially when you become a teenager in Hollywood, and your adult peers are, like I said, going to a bar after work or whatever, and you’re 17 thinking, ‘Well, what do I get to do to play?’
“I had this mentality of like, if you’re gonna work me like, an adult, I get to party like one. But the reality was, adults weren’t partying like I was.”