Demi Lovato recalls the “really beautiful” moment when she came out to her parents
Demi Lovato is sharing her heart with the world more and more everyday—and we are so grateful. At the 2020 Grammys, she gave us a heartbreaking, vulnerable performance of “Anyone,” the last song she wrote before her overdose in 2018. She’s long been an advocate for mental health, shedding light on some of her darkest moments alongside her successes. And in a recent interview with Andy Cohen on the Radio Andy Sirius XM show, she opened up about another part of her identity and explained that her sexuality is still a bit of a question mark.
Cohen referenced a statement Lovato made about not knowing if her future would be with a man or a woman, and he asked her about the process of figuring that out. “I’m still figuring it out,” Lovato said. She went on to explain that her experience of coming out to her family wasn’t all that long ago.
“I didn’t tell my parents that I saw myself ending up possibly with a woman, too, until 2017,” Lovato said. But the artist was lucky to have a supportive response from her parents.
“It was actually, like emotional, but really beautiful,” Lovato said. “After everything was done I was like shaking and crying, and I just felt overwhelmed.”
Her parents weren’t completely in the dark about the “Cool for the Summer” singer’s sexuality. Lovato said her dad was rather smug about the whole thing. His response to her coming out was, she said, “Yeah, obviously.”
And though Lovato said her mom’s response was the one she was “super nervous about,” she gave her support as well.
“She was just like, ‘I just want you to be happy,’” Lovato shared. “That was so beautiful and amazing, and like I said, I’m so grateful.”
In the past, Lovato has spoken about her choice to keep her sexuality private. In a 2017 interview with Pridesource, Lovato explained that she rarely addressed the topic of her sexuality because she didn’t want it to turn into just another “soundbite.”
“I feel like it's irrelevant to what my music is all about. I stand up for the things that I believe in and the things that I'm passionate about, but I like to keep my personal life as private as possible when it comes to dating and sexuality and all that stuff just because it has nothing to do with my music," Lovato told Pridesource.
Moving forward, Lovato said she still doesn’t know what her future will look like, whether there will be a man or woman in it, whether she’ll have kids this year or in 10 years, or if there will be a partner involved at all. Lovato doesn’t owe us any further answers. We’re just happy to see her living her truth and providing space for others to do the same.