Demi Lovato says they feel 'more transparent' without 'hyper-feminine' image

Jenna Ryu

Demi Lovato is opening up about how living their truth as a non-binary person has changed their outlook. 

The singer, who came out as nonbinary last month and uses they/them pronouns, admitted they initially held back their truth about their gender identity in fear that it would affect their musical career.

"I was so afraid at times of what my career would look like if I wasn't that super sexy, hyper-feminine popstar," Lovato said on Wednesday's episode of their podcast, "4D with Demi Lovato." However, they said they eventually realized "my career doesn't matter as much to me now as it does living my truth."

"Now that I'm living my truth, my art has just become that much greater because my art is a reflection of who I am," Lovato said. "So now that I'm able to be more transparent in the world about who I am, they can see my art better and they can hear it better."

Lovato added that they first started to embrace their masculine side while training.

"I found that when I started training, specifically for me it was jiujitsu, I really found an immense amount of healing," they said.

Demi Lovato announced that they were nonbinary and using they/them pronouns last month.

Demi Lovato comes out as nonbinary, changes pronouns to they/them

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Last month, Lovato publicly came out as nonbinary in a heartfelt video post. 

"I want to take this moment to share something very personal with you," Lovato began a minute-and-a-half-long video posted on May 19. "The past year and a half, I've been doing some healing and self-reflective work. And through this work, I've had this revelation that I identify as nonbinary. With that said, I'll officially be changing my pronouns to they/them." 

GLAAD defines nonbinary as a term used by some "who experience their gender identity and/or gender expression as falling outside the categories of man and woman. They may define their gender as falling somewhere in between man and woman, or they may define it as wholly different from these terms." It has become increasingly more common for some people who identify as nonbinary use a singular "they/them" pronoun. 

Lovato continued: "I feel this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and am still discovering." 

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Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff