We’ve all heard the rumors, but now it can truly be told: Demi Lovato has confirmed she’s bisexual. Thing is, she didn’t actually confirm she was bisexual. Confused? Let’s break it down, shall we?
While promoting her new, racy single “Cool For The Summer,” on England’s late-night talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Lovato was talking about her lyrics with the host. As you can see for yourself if you skip ahead to 3:10, Carr sheepishly/not sheepishly asked her to confirm whether the lyrics alluded to lesbianism (which they totally do).
“I am not confirming and I’m definitely not denying,” Lovato responded. “All of my songs are based off of personal experiences. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with experimentation at all.” The openly gay Carr shot back with, “I experimented once and it stuck,” to which Lovato said, “Hey, I didn’t say that it didn’t stick either. I didn’t say that it didn’t stick.”
And there you pretty much have it—coming out without coming out. The fact that she won’t “confirm” might strike some of you as wrong—particularly if you’ve had to go through the often difficult process of coming out yourself. Then again, it’s Lovato’s life and she can pretty much be as open or as cagey about it as she wants.
Also, consider that, by now, female millennial celebrities admitting they play both sides of the field is nothing new—and with good reason. A recent study focusing on the sexual attitudes of Britons found that 43 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds do not define themselves as heterosexual or homosexual. Overall, it seems that Lovato belongs to an age group for whom traditional sexual norms matter far less than they do for older generations and putting a label on who you are seems antiquated.
All that might explain why Lovato’s admission seemed a little cagey, but also no big deal for the 23-year-old—which actually kind of is a big deal if you put it into social context.
(Via Oh No They Didn’t)