Demi Lovato is known for saying whatever is on her mind. Sitting down with Refinery29 recently, Demi hit on her usual talking points and also discussed her Twitter feud with Taylor Swift. In February, Demi Twitter-shamed certain celebrities for not sticking up for Kesha after she lost her injunction against Dr. Luke. She didn’t name Taylor specifically, but that’s whom she was blaming. Taylor did not respond to Demi but donated money to a very grateful Kesha for her legal fees. Taylor’s fans came after Demi but she stuck to her assertion that she cared more about Kesha’s plight. Eventually, Demi posted a seemingly apologetic Instagram without the actual apology. In this interview, however, she reiterates that Taylor shouldn’t identify as a feminist and it’s fine with her if they aren’t friends.
On why she’s so candid
I’d rather live my life free and open than closed off, where people like me for something that I’m not.
On how she was before she got sober
Just bitchy, a c-nt… I was one of those people who was like, I don’t give a f-k, whatever. And I used that as an excuse to do whatever I wanted. I was a nightmare to work with.
On adapting after coming out of rehab
I had to learn the hard way that I can’t do parties anymore. Some people can go out and not be triggered, but that’s not the case for me.
She can’t watch movies with drug use, like Amy about Amy Winehouse
To see white powder in a movie? To see someone shooting up? It’s too triggering. If I feel even 1% unsure that I’m in a place where I can watch it, then I just don’t do it.
On if she’s engaged to Wilmer Valderrama
It’s nobody’s business but ours, and when it happens, it happens.
On her Twitter feud calling out Taylor Swift
Listen, there’s nothing positive that comes from pitting women against each other. There are women that I don’t get along with, and that’s fine. My thing is, don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work. I have an immense amount of respect for women like Lena Dunham…or Beyoncé, who make amazing political statements through their work.
On her career
I’m still underestimated. I still have more things to prove- not just about the things I can do with my voice. Some people think that because I’m young, I can’t stay sober. But these are things I want to prove to myself.
She has every right to keep her relationship with Valderrama private but it’s an odd quote following her adamancy that she lives her life out in the open. In regards to Taylor, name checking Beyoncé is problematic in that Beyoncé has not publicly spoken about Kesha. I am not making any sort of judgment on Beyoncé; I am just saying that if Demi’s current feud with Taylor stems from Taylor not speaking out, she picked the wrong example.
You can watch Demi and Nick Jonas’ Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon from the other night here. Cordon calls them out on their dating (mainly Nick’s) past, it’s pretty funny.
I'm also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women's rights.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 21, 2016
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