Who is Demi Lovato: Biography, Personal Life, Career, Coming Out As Non-Binary
Demi Lovato revealed that they identify as non-binary and will now be using the pronouns they/them. Photo New York Times

Demi Lovato: Non-binary

Demi Lovato took to Instagram early Wednesday morning to make an announcement in conjunction with their new podcast, 4D with Demi Lovato. The singer revealed that they identify as non-binary and will now be using the pronouns they/them.

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 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 still am discovering.

In their caption, Demi explained the announcement comes after "a lot of healing and self-reflective work," and they are not done with that process. "I’m still learning and coming into myself, and I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson," they said. They ended their message, saying, "Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me. I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths and know I am sending so much love your way xox."

What is Non-Binary?

"Nonbinary" refers to someone who does not identify only as a man or a woman, i.e. the traditional gender binary, according to the Human Rights Campaign. They could identify as both a man and a woman, in between the two genders or not a part of any gender category at all. GLAAD offers a similar definition.

Someone who is nonbinary may also be transgender – Elliot Page, for example, identifies as both – but that is not always the case. GLAAD recommends only calling someone nonbinary if they claim that identity themselves.

It has become increasingly common for some people who identify as nonbinary use a singular "they/them" pronoun.

Nonbinary also exists as a catch-all term for various gender identities.

"Nonbinary can also be used as an umbrella term encompassing identities such as agender, bigender, genderqueer or gender-fluid," according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Demi Lovato: Biography

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Demetria Devonne Lovato was born on August 20, 1992, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lovato's mother, Dianna, is a former country music recording artist and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Lovato is the middle child of three sisters. Their older sister, Dallas, is also a singer and actress, and younger sister, Madison, was born in 2002.

She started playing the piano at age 7 and fell in love with music. She soon learned guitar and was writing her own songs.

She asked her mom to home school her after being bullied at school. She went the rest of the way through school at home and even got her high school diploma this way.

Growing up, Lovato won several talent contests and performed in famous venues, including the Eismann Center and the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day halftime show with LeAnn Rimes. They started their show business career in earnest at the age of 10 when they became a series regular on the children's television show Barney & Friends. After a stint on Barney & Friends, Lovato guest-starred on the television dramas Just Jordan and Prison Break.

Demi Lovato: Career

Who is Demi Lovato: Biography, Personal Life, Career, Coming Out As Non-Binary
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Demi's first acting job was on Barney & Friends at the young age of 7.

Later she would have a small role on a few shows and then got a bit bigger role on the Disney Channel show As the Bell Rings.

Her first big break came with the starring role in the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock.

The movie was a huge success and Demi soon became famous for both her acting in the movie as well as her singing.

Since then Lovato has starred in more movies including Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam and Princess Protection Program as well as starring in her own Disney Channel comedy sitcom Sonny with a Chance.

Demi has also had a successful music career. She has been busy! She was featured on both the Camp Rock soundtracks and came out with her own CD's as well.

Demi Lovato is a young actress and singer. She has recorded CDs and starred on both TV shows and in movies.

She is best known for her lead role on the TV show Sonny With A Chance as well as starring in the Disney Camp Rock movie series.

Her first Album, Don't Forget, made it to number 2 on the billboard charts.

Demi Lovato: Albums and Hit Songs

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On September 23, 2008, Lovato released their first album, Don't Forget, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. In promotion of this album, Lovato went on tour with the Jonas Brothers on their Burnin' Up Tour as the opening act.

On July 21, 2009, the artist released their second album, Here We Go Again. The title track reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their first single to reach the Top 20. They went on tour again with the Jonas Brothers the following year and was romantically linked to Joe Jonas around this time.

Lovato released the 2011 album Unbroken, which featured the platinum top 10 hit "Skyscraper." They put out their next record, Demi, two years later, which had the best debut week of their music career.

Who is Demi Lovato: Biography, Personal Life, Career, Coming Out As Non-Binary

In 2012, Lovato took on a new role. They joined The X Factor in its second season as a judge. Lovato, Simon Cowell, music industry titan L.A. Reid and pop star Britney Spears worked together to review the contestants and helped determine who would win the $5 million recording contract. The show was canceled after its third season.

Lovato made a return to acting in 2013 with a recurring role on the hit musical series Glee. They appeared on then-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama's show From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series in 2015 and continued to contribute to reality TV competitions, serving as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race in 2015, and Project Runway and The Voice of Germany in 2017.

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Demi Lovato: Coming Out Process

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Demi Lovato wants people to know: “I identify as queer, and I am here.”

The singer-songwriter got candid about her sexual identity in conversation with Queer Eye star Tan France as part of Facebook Watch’s “Coming Out 2020.” The livestream, which was hosted by Demi and Tan, took place on Friday, October 9 in order to celebrate National Coming Out Day, which falls on Sunday, October 11.

During their conversation, Demi opened up about her coming out process, citing the classic ‘90s film, Cruel Intentions, as a catalyst for figuring out her sexuality. “It was definitely when I was young and should not have been watching Cruel Intentions, but I did,” she said when Tan asked how she first knew she was queer. “It was that scene where [Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair] made out on the park lawn, and I was just like, 'Oh, wait a minute, I really like that!’”

But while Demi might have figured things out for herself, she wasn’t necessarily ready to share her identity with the world just yet. For a while, she explained, she turned to music as a comfortable space in which she could be her authentic self. “There were times where I wrote songs about girls that my fans thought I wrote about a guy,” Demi said. “I’m surprised that some of them didn’t figure out that some of the songs were for certain people. I was sharing it with the world, yet I wasn’t being completely obvious with what I was talking about. Music was my safe space.”

The “OK Not to Be OK” singer went on to note that, like many folks, she came out in small steps — starting with a tight-knit group of trusted loved ones. “I pretty much told all of my friends and older sister when I was 17,” Demi said. “They all knew before I brought it to my parents, and then the public. Those were my three phases.”

According to Teen Vogue, in recent years, Demi has been increasingly open about her sexual identity. Back in 2016, the singer-songwriter detailed that she didn’t feel like she needed a label, later explaining in 2018 that her sexuality is very “fluid.” And while there's been much speculation and interest from fans in the star’s sexual identity, Demi has maintained that she always chooses to speak about the subject on her own terms. Earlier this year, Demi reflected on the experience of coming out to her parents, recalling: “It was actually…emotional but really beautiful.”

Demi’s candor serves as an important reminder that however you label your sexuality is valid — and that includes eschewing labels entirely, or feeling connected to different language at various points of your life. Coming out also looks different for everyone; no matter what stage of the journey you’re in, your identity is valid and real, and it remains up to you how to share yourself with the world.

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