Demi Lovato has come out as pansexual, describing herself as “fluid” after being closeted off and growing up in a conservative Christian environment.
In an interview with Joe Rogan on the March 27 episode of his podcast, Demi opened up about her sexuality, saying “I’m so fluid now, and a part of the reason why I am so fluid is because I was like super closeted off.”
Joe clarified what being “fluid” meant, asking if she meant “pansexual” – which Demi confirmed.
“Yeah, pansexual…I heard someone call the LGBTQIA+ community the alphabet mafia, and I was like…that’s it, that’s what I’m going with. I’m going with that. I’m a part of the alphabet mafia and proud,” she said.
Demi shared that she’s known she was queer since she was young, but supressed it due to the environment she was in.
“I saw Cruel Intentions when I was a kid and saw Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair kiss…I was like ‘oh, I like that,’ but felt a lot of shame because growing up in Texas as a Christian, that is very frowned upon.”
“Any attraction that I ever had to a female at a young age, I shut it down before I even let myself process what I was feeling,” she added.
She also shared that growing up as a child star meant people had certain expectations of her.
“I’m pushing 30, I am no longer a 15 year old on Disney Channel. Please let me live my life,” she said.
This isn’t the first time Demi has spoken about her sexuality. In a previous interview with Entertainment Weekly, she talked about her brief engagement to actor Max Ehrich saying she’s “too gay to marry a man right now.”
“I’ve always known I was hella queer, but I have fully embraced it,” she said in the interview.
Demi, who rose to fame as the star of the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock, is the subject of the ongoing documentary series Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, which launched on YouTube on March 23. – Rappler.com