Earlier this year, Demi Lovato revealed they had been exploring their gender identity and would be adopting different pronouns going forward.
Sharing the news on Instagram in May, the star wrote: “Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all – I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward.”
A month on, the Cool For The Summer singer had opened up even more about their relationship with gender and identity.
The 28-year-old discussed their journey over the past 18 months and their family’s loving reaction to them coming out as non-binary.
Speaking about their announcement with Ryan Mitchell on Audacy, the star said: “After a year-and-a-half of exploration, I realised it was time to let the world know that It feels weird to me when I get called a she or a her, and I understand that people might have a hard time adjusting to it because it is something new, but I want to encourage people to keep trying.”
They added: “I’m still, every day, stepping more and more into the identity that feels right to me, which is my pronouns being ‘they/them.'”
The American star also discussed their friends adapting to their non-binary identity.
“Friends have had a little harder time to get used to, actually … just because I think, like, your friends are the ones that you’re more likely to be like, ‘B****!'” Demi said.
“I’m like, ‘Look, you can still call me b****.'”
The actor, who rose to fame appearing in Camp Rock in 2008, went on to note that sometimes they “might have to choose” a male and female pronoun under certain unique circumstances.
They said: “I was in Texas, and I was like, ‘Does that make me a cowboy or a cowgirl?’ I don’t want to be a cow human, so I’m just going to go with cowgirl.”
The legendary movie star was discussing her career and ongoing fight to tackle climate change on a recent episode of the hit podcast when the topic changed to Demi’s journey to feeling comfortable with their gender identity.
Discussing her decision to adopt a shorter hairstyle, they told the 83-year-old: “The reasoning behind me cutting my hair off was because I was shedding all of the gender norms that had been placed on me growing up female in this world.
“And I just always found that men were at the root of pushing their agendas on me – to be a sexy pop star, whatever would make other people the most money. And I had to break that mould because I had to find the freedom for myself in order to survive, to live.”
While discussing their near-death experience in 2018, when they were hospitalised following a drug overdose, the podcast host noted Jane had begun to tear up.
“What you’re saying is so brave. It’s so, so brave, I wish I could hug you right now,” she told the former X Factor judge.
She added: “I’m so glad to hear you say all this, Demi. I’m just so proud of you and I’m so glad, and I admire it so much. I’m so glad that you came out of that because I’ve seen the documentary, that you came out of that with that realisation and that you’re finding your real truth and it’s just wonderful. It’s just wonderful.”