Demi Lovato Says They ‘Held Back’ From Coming Out As Non-Binary Due To ‘Patriarchy’

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Demi Lovato says they ‘held back’ from coming out as non-binary as they felt the ‘patriarchy’ was ‘putting me in a box’. 

In an interview on Fire Drill Fridays with Jane Fonda, the singer revealed that they had felt society wouldn’t let them come out as their authentic self. 

They explained: “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 centre of everything.

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Demi Lovato says they ‘held back’ from coming out as non-binary due to ‘patriarchy’. Credit: @ddlovato/Instagram

‘When I realised that, I thought, ‘What are the ways that the patriarchy has been holding me back?’ And for me, it was putting me in a box telling [me], ‘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’.”

The 28-year-old continued by warning against ‘excluding’ people and said society needs to become more accepting of differences.

Lovato concluded: “Remembering that even though we are individuals, we are one, and when we start excluding people, that’s when things get really hateful and dangerous.”

Recently, the Camp Rock star also said they identify as pansexual

In an interview on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, they revealed: “I’m so fluid now, and a part of the reason why I am so fluid is because I was, like, super closeted off.”

Rogan then asked: “You mean sexually fluid? You like girls? You like boys?”

Lovato replied: “Yeah, anything, really.”

They added: “I felt a lot of shame because growing up in Texas as a Christian, that’s very frowned upon.

“Any attraction that I ever had toward a female at a young age, I shut it down before I even let myself process what I was feeling.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.