UPDATE: Monday February, 22 (9:44 p.m. ET) – Once again, Demi Lovato is speaking out about comments she made about Taylor Swift being misconstrued, offering a lengthy explanation on her Instagram page.
“As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say,”; Lovato says, next to a photo showing the percentage of rapists who are jailed and reported.
Read her full missive below:
As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories. They’re more likely to face retaliation and harassment than to see justice being served. Especially women. It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men. All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society. Everyone has their own way of giving support to others , and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters. Ultimately, the message I want people to hear is it’s okay to come forward with your abuse and if you do decide to take action, you are not alone.
Demi Lovato has come forward to defend herself after feeling the wrath of Taylor Swift’s fans.
The “Confident”; singer took to Instagram over the weekend replying to specific attacks after parts of her public statements pertaining to Kesha’s legal woes were allegedly misconstrued.
“How the f*ck am I making this about myself? At least I’m talking about it. Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn’t grow up with money and def haven’t made as much as her,”; Lovato wrote in response to a post on the ProudOfSwift Instagram account. “At least I speak up about sh*t that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”;
And Lovato didn’t stop there, going on to both deny she threw “shade”; Swift’s way, while also seemingly attacking her actions. “There’s no ‘rivalry’ I just give more f*cks than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person,” Demi continued. “I didn’t shade Taylor. If you take it that way than[sic] fine. I’m just tired of seeing women use ‘women empowerment’ and ‘feminism’ to further brands without actually being the ones that have the uncomfortable conversations. I get shade and I don’t give a f*ck because someone has to be the one to take it. At least I’m getting my hands dirty.”
Eyebrows were raised when Lovato tweeted out “take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,”; following Swift’s monetary show of support after a judge refused to issue her an injunction in her case against Dr. Luke.