Demi Lovato Says Their Family Is Still "Making Progress" With Their Coming Out
Lovato also revealed that they shared their gender identity with family and friends last year.
After Demi Lovato came out as non-binary last month, they experienced a tremendous amount of support, but over the weekend, when Lovato hosted YouTube Pride 2021, they added that acceptance is still an ongoing process for some friends, fans, and family. Lovato noted that they came out to a few people last year and that part of coming out for them is realizing that not everyone will be accepting and that it will take time for more people to come around.
"I actually had come out to loved ones and friends, like, last year, but this year, I made it public. I felt it was really important for me to share that with the world," Lovato said. "I've been so open and honest with my truth to my fans. I felt holding it in any longer just didn't feel right, and I wanted to share that — my truth — with the world." They also added that while they'd experienced a bit of bigotry, "most people have been so wonderful, and that's the reality of coming out."
They added that officially changing pronouns to they/them was a major step and that the conversation around the choice is one way to open up the idea to more and more people.
"I am grateful for the progress that my family members have made in using my pronouns, team members, friends," they shared. "I love the conversation that it has begun to spark and I think that's really important. So I have officially changed my pronouns to they/them, and yeah, I feel better than ever. I am grateful for the progress that my family members have made in using my pronouns."
Initially, Lovato came out on Instagram, though they have spoken about the process more during their podcast, 4D With Demi Lovato, hoping to help other people that identify outside the gender binary.
"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 and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward," they wrote on an IGTV video last month. "This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work. I'm still learning and coming into myself, and I don't claim to be an expert or a spokesperson."