Demi Lovato has opened up about coming out as non-binary, explaining that ‘the patriarchy’ held them back from doing it sooner. 

Speaking to Jane Fonda on the Fire Drill Friday live stream, Lovato shed light on having “[lived] my life for other people”.

“[I was] trying to make myself smaller for the patriarchy—they run the industry, they are at the centre of everything. When I realised that, I thought, ‘What are the ways that the patriarchy has been holding me back?’” they said.

They continued: “For me, it was putting me in a box telling [me] that ‘You are a female, this is what you’re supposed to like, this is what you’re supposed to do, don’t dream bigger and don’t speak louder.’ That didn’t vibe for me because I’m too outspoken for that.”

Later on, in the live stream, Lovato also discussed the political divide in the US and the need for greater empathy and compassion.

“I think all I can encourage people to do is to find more compassion and to have more empathy for others,” they said.

“If you’re having a hard time finding that towards others, go within yourself, find it within yourself so you can find it for others because that’s what will bring us together is that unity.”

Lovato came out as non-binary and announced they would be using the pronouns they/them during the first episode of their new podcast, 4D With Demi Lovato.

“Over the past year and a half, I’ve been doing some healing and self-reflective work and through this work, I’ve had the revelation that I identify as non-binary,” they said.

“With that said, I’ll officially be changing my pronouns to they/them. I feel that 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.”

You can read more about this topic over at the Pop Observer.