Demi Lovato has vowed to take a break from showbiz in the wake of backlash over comments she made about Taylor Swift and her squad in a new interview with Glamour magazine.
The 24-year-old “Give Your Heart a Break” singer took to social media on Tuesday to announce her plan to retract from the public eye.
“So excited for 2017,” she wrote. “Taking a break from music and the spotlight.. I am not meant for this business and the media.”
The news caused distress among fans, who questioned whether she intends to return to music following said break.
“Dunno. It doesn’t feel worth it anymore. I’d rather do charity work tbh,” Lovato responded to one fan.
In the Glamour interview, Lovato throws shade at Swift and her famous friends for portraying a false image of what “normal” women should look like.
“I think in certain situations, certain people could be doing more if they’re going to claim that as part of their brand. To be honest, and this will probably get me in trouble, I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body,” Lovato says, referencing Swift’s celeb besties, who include supermodels Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss.
“It’s kind of this false image of what people should look like,” she added. “And what they should be like, and it’s not real…. It’s not realistic.”
Lovato has since told her followers she’s not sorry for the comments.
“I get asked questions. I answer them. Sue me,” the 24-year-old singer tweeted. “Also, don’t forget that words can be taken out of context when doing interviews.”
Before she bows out of music and fame, Lovato has tour dates in Mexico and Brazil and a fan cruise in St. Maarten to take care of. No word yet on what her planned break means for a scheduled performance at RedFestDXB in Dubai in February.
See more on the controversial interview below.