Demi Lovato Says an Iconic '90s Movie Made Her Realize She's Queer

Waiting for her commentary on the Criterion Collection Blu-ray, please.

1999's Cruel Intentions wasn't just a coming-of-age story for its characters — albeit coming of age in the flick wasn't exactly what anyone would call ideal. In a new teaser for Facebook Watch's new special, Coming Out 2020, Demi Lovato revealed that the movie made her realize that she was queer. During a clip with host Tan France, Lovato said that when she saw the now-iconic cinematic kiss between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair, she felt something inside her she didn't acknowledge before.

"It was definitely when I was young and should not have been watching Cruel Intentions, but I did, and it was that scene where they made out on the park lawn," Lovato said. "I was just like, 'Oh, wait a minute. I really like that.' I was like, 'I want to try it!'"

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She went on to say that she was only 17 at the time (the movie is rated R, so tsk-tsk, Demi).

"And then, when I was like, 17, I did get down with that, and that's when I knew," she added. "You want the tea? That's it!"

A little more tea came later, when Lovato added that some of her songs were actually written for women. Fans assumed they were written about men, but Lovato said she was actually surprised that more people didn't realize the songs were written for "certain people."

"There were times I wrote songs about girls that my fans thought I wrote about guys," she said. "I'm surprised that some of them didn't figure out that some of the songs were for certain people. I was sharing it with the world, yet I wasn't being completely obvious with what I was talking about. Music was my safe space."

Back in 2015, a reporter asked Lovato if "Cool for the Summer" was about being a lesbian. Lovato responded, "I'm not confirming and I'm definitely not denying. All of my songs are based off of personal experiences. I don't think there's anything wrong with experimentation at all."

Coming Out Day (Sunday, October 11), commemorates the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which took place on October 14, 1979. Coming Out 2020, available to stream now, honors individuals who identify as LGBTQIA and celebrates their journey of coming out. The special also supports individuals who may be currently coming out and anyone who isn't ready to share their gender identity or sexual orientation.

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