Demi Lovato: ‘I have no problem standing up for myself’

By Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
May 18, 2016 Updated: May 18, 2016

A sisterhood circle has surrounded singer Kesha amid her legal fight with record producer, Dr. Luke. Musicians Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and Demi Lovato have used their social media pages to express a stance of solidarity with the songstress.

As a show of support, Taylor Swift made a $250,000 donation to the “Tik Tok” singer’s legal defense back in February. Lovato coincidentally released a tweet—what many perceived as a call out to Swift: “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed.”

As Swift fans continued to badger Lovato for her February tweet, the former Disney actress defended her stance.

“Not everyone has 250k to just give to people,” Lovato wrote in a back and forth squabble with a Swift fan on Instagram. “At least I speak up about [expletive] that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7 … There’s no “rivalry” I just give more [expletive] than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person.”

She added: “I didn’t shade Taylor. If you take it that way than 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 [expletive] because someone has to be the one to take it. At least I’m getting my hands dirty.”

Though the social media postings are months old, the 23-year-old was still clarifying her statements in an May 17 interview with Refinery29.

“Listen, there’s nothing positive that comes from pitting women against each other. There are women that I don’t get along with, and that’s fine,” she said. “My thing is, don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work,” she said. “I have an immense amount of respect for women like Lena Dunham…or Beyoncé, who make amazing political statements through their work.”

Its to note: Lovato never mentioned Swift’s name.

And for those who had issues with her words, the “Heart Attack” singer isn’t backing down ever.

“I’m not going to stop saying what I believe in. I have no problem standing up for myself. Maybe I got it from growing up in Texas, but I never took [expletive] from anybody. Now I know how to do it without pushing people away. You just don’t approach things with a [expletive] You mentality. Instead it’s: This is the way I’m perceiving things. There’s nothing wrong with my beliefs or feelings. So let’s agree to disagree, or let’s just disagree.”

Chika Dunu