The pop star played coy then about her intentions with the song’s suggestive lyrics, but now she’s speaking out about her sexuality in a new interview.
“[Sexuality is] something I don’t think needs to have a label,” she told People magazine. “As humans, it’s just about a connection with someone.”
Lovato, who recently canceled the North Carolina stop on her joint tour with Nick Jonas to show support for the queer community in the state fighting against the anti-LGBT House Bill 2, cites her upbringing as central to understanding and supporting the community.
“Being different in Texas or in the South in general, you can be judged,” she said. “I grew up in a home where there was absolutely nothing wrong with somebody identifying as another sex or liking the same sex. People will say, ‘Thank you so much for all that you do.’ And my response is: ‘It’s just something that people should already be doing.'”
Like Lovato, more and more young people appear to be moving away from identifying as exclusively heterosexual. In August 2015, a YouGov poll conducted in the UK revealed that nearly 1 in 2 young people identify as not being exclusively heterosexual. Another study, this one conducted by the trend forecasting agency J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group and released in March, reported that 52 percent of Gen Zs don’t identify as exclusively heterosexual.
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