Demi Lovato fired back at an online headline about her “fuller figure” that she called out as contributing to the culture of bodyshaming.
The headline appeared in an article in The Inquisitr, “Demi Lovato Appears To Have A Fuller Figure After Working Up A Sweat In LA”, and the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer took to Instagram to explain why she took issue with it.
“I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT,” wrote Lovato in an Instagram post (which has since been deleted) alongside a screenshot of the headline, reports Us Weekly.
“Unlike the past, I’m not triggered, I’m not upset that someone wrote a headline about my ‘fuller figure,’” she continued in a second post (also deleted). “I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes. Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery [for] an eating disorder. I’m not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by the diet culture.”
In a third post, she continued to explain why these types of articles “only contribute to that toxic way of thinking,” adding, “If you’re reading this: Don’t listen to negative diet culture talk. You are more than a number on a scale, and I am more than a headline about my body shape.”
Lovato, 26, followed that up by posting a screenshot of some direct messages in which she discussed her concerns with the author of the article, who offered an apology and told her he took “full responsibility” for the offensive headline.
“I really respect you for the way you’re receiving this message,” she wrote back. “Keep writing. Keep doing you. Most importantly use your platform for good.”
The writer offered an update to the original article, writing, “Firstly, a sincere ‘Thank you’ to Demi Lovato for her grace and patience in our exchange. While I wrote this story with the best of intentions, I totally appreciate and understand her perspective on the matter and culture in general and I truly appreciate her taking the time to have a dialogue with me about it. As Demi said to me, ‘our voices are all we have to create the biggest change on this planet.'”