Demi Lovato has spoken publicly for the first time about coming out to her parents. Chatting to radio host Andy Cohen last week about her plans to start a family, Lovato revealed that she “didn’t officially tell her parents that I saw myself possibly ending up with a woman until 2017.”
Lovato said that the conversation with her parents was “emotional but really beautiful.” She said that after it was over she felt overwhelmed and was “shaking and crying.” Lovato revealed that she was “super nervous” about telling her Mum but she told Demi, “I just want you to be happy.” She described her parents’ reaction as “incredible and supportive.”
Lovato revealed that she was “super nervous” about telling her Mum but she told Demi, “I just want you to be happy.”
Laughing as she recalled the conversation she said that her Dad responded, “Yeah, obviously” before referring to her song Cool for the Summer. The song which was released in 2015, was widely recognised to reference a same-sex relationship in its lyrics.
However despite, the reactions to her sexually suggestive music, Lovato has been reluctant to label her sexuality publicly. In 2017, when she was asked why she chose not to speak about it, she told Pride Source, “We live in a world where everyone is trying to get that soundbite and I am purposefully not giving the soundbite.”
Lovato later spoke more candidly in her 2017 documentary, Simply Complicated. In it she revealed, “I am open to human connection, so whether that’s through a male or female it doesn’t matter to me.”
Lovato’s conversation with Cohen comes after her musical comeback following an overdose in July, 2018. Lovato performed for the first time following her hospitalisation at the Grammys last month, debuting a new track titled Anyone. She was visibly emotional during the performance and was forced to begin singing a second time after she broke down during the first lines of the song.
In an interview prior to the performance, Lovato told Zane Lowe that the track was written and recorded just days before her overdose. After being hospitalised, she promised herself that it would be the first song she performed after recovering. She said, “I almost listen back and I hear these lyrics as a cry for help.”
Lovato took to social media following her Grammys performance to thank her fans for their love and support after almost two years away from the spotlight.
Lovato continued her musical comeback over the weekend, performing the national anthem at the Superbowl on Sunday.
Zoe Victoria is a freelance writer. You can follow her on Twitter @Zoe__V