Demi Lovato now identifies as non-binary and the drug overdose in 2018 was due to years of suppressing her real self to please the entertainment industry, the American pop singer said Wednesday.
Lovato, 28, said on Twitter that her decision to use pronouns has gone through “a lot of healing and introspection work.”
“Today I am happy to share more of my life with all of you. I am proud to inform you that I will identify as non-binary and officially move forward with pronouns,” Lovato said.
The former Disney Channel child star, the ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ singer, spoke about their decision in their new podcast “4D with Demi Lovato,” which started on Wednesday.
“I think the reason that happened when I overdose in 2018 was because I was ignoring the truth. To please my stylist or my teammates, this and that, and even my fans, I was suppressing who I really was. I wanted to be a sexy, feminine pop star in a leotard, and what did I want to look like? ‘ said Lovato.
“I thought that was what I had to be, and now I realize that living the truth is much more important than suppressing yourself, because that’s the type of thing that happens when you do,” they added.
Lovato, who has about 104 million followers on Instagram, was briefly engaged to actor Max Ehrich last year. Lovato later said the engagement was “an attempt to prove to the world that I was okay.”
Lovato’s podcast follows a documentary earlier this year in which the singer details a long-standing addiction to drugs and other mental health issues.
The singer said she suffered three strokes and a heart attack when she was hospitalized for an overdose in 2018 and suffered brain damage.
LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD welcomed Lovato’s announcement on Wednesday, saying it will “educate millions of people around the world and reach out to other non-binary people with a message of pride.”