Demi Lovato Blames 'Patriarchy' for Forcing Them to Hide True Self Before Coming Out as Non-Binary

The 'Cool for the Summer' hitmaker explains why it took them a long time to finally come out as non-binary, claiming they were held back by 'the patriarchy.'

AceShowbiz - Demi Lovato insists they were "held back" by the patriarchy before coming out as non-binary.

The singer recently opened up about their gender identity and now says they discovered their authentic self after realising they didn't fit into the "box" they felt they were being forced into by "the patriarchy."

Demi says, "After years of living my life for other people, 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?' And for me, it was putting me in a box telling (me), '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."

And the "Sober" hitmaker also encouraged people to have more "compassion" and "empathy" for others.

They added during an appearance on Jane Fonda's Fire Drill Fridays livestream, "I think all I can encourage people to do is to find more compassion and to have more empathy for others. 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."

"Remembering that even though we are individuals, we are one, and when we start excluding people, that's when things get really hateful and dangerous."

Demi came out as non-binary during the first episode of their podcast, "4D with Demi Lovato", earlier this month (May21).

They said at the time, "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."

"With that said, I'll be officially 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."

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