The singer claimed she found it exhausting having to explain her decision to become gender fluid. Demi Lovato came out as non-binary in May 2021 but revealed she had returned to she/her pronouns in August 2022. The ditch of they/them pronouns, according to Lovato, was because she got tired of constantly having to educate people on her gender identity.
As with educating people on they/them pronouns, Lovato claimed she struggled over using gender-assigned bathrooms and wanted more gender-neutral spaces for everyone.
She told GQ Hype Spain, ‘I constantly had to educate people and explain why I identified with those pronouns. It was absolutely exhausting. ‘I just got tired. But for that very reason, I know that it is important to continue spreading the word. ‘I face this every day. For example, in public toilets. Having to access the women’s bathroom, even though I don’t completely identify with it.’
Lovato added, ‘Or it also happens when filling out forms, such as government documents or any other where you have to specify your gender. You only have two options, male and female, and I feel like none of that makes sense to me.’ The singer claimed she is conditioned to select ‘woman’ due to limited options and added, ‘I think this has to change. Hopefully, with time there will be more options.’
In August 2022, Lovato who is currently dating musician Jutes, opened up about readopting the pronouns she/her during an appearance on Spout Podcast.
The singer revealed at the time she decided to go by the pronouns after recently feeling more feminine. ‘I’ve actually adopted the pronouns of she/her again with me. So, for me, I’m such a fluid person that I don’t really and I don’t find that I am… I felt like, especially last year, my energy was balanced and my masculine and feminine energy so that when I was faced with the choice of walking into a bathroom and it said, women and men, I didn’t feel like there was a bathroom for me because I didn’t feel necessarily like a woman.’
Lovato added, ‘I didn’t feel like a man, I just felt like a human. And that’s what they/them is about. For me, it’s just about like feeling human at your core.’
She continued, ‘Recently I’ve been feeling more feminine, and so I’ve adopted she/her again. But I think what’s important is, like, nobody’s perfect. Everyone messes up pronouns at some point, and especially when people are learning, it’s just all about respect.’ Lovato on her Instagram bio states her pronouns as ‘they/them/she/her. However, the singer came out as non-binary and revealed they/them pronouns in 2021.
When she came out as non-binary and used they/them pronouns, Lovato urged fans to ‘keep living in your truths.’
In a Twitter thread that accompanied her video, the star sent ‘so much love to those struggling to come to terms with her identity and said, ‘’Every day we wake up, we are given another opportunity & chance to be who we want and wish to be. I’ve spent the majority of my life growing in front of all of you… you’ve seen the good, the bad, & everything in between. Not only has my life been a journey for myself, I was also living for those on the other side of the cameras.’
Lovato concluded at the time, ‘Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all – I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary & will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward. This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work. I’m still learning & coming into myself, & I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me.’
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