Demi Lovato On Kesha, Her Beef With Taylor Swift & New Music

Mike Wass | May 18, 2016 3:23 pm
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Demi Lovato has no filter. Be it on Twitter or in interviews, the 23-year-old always tells it like it is. Take her new Refinery29 feature. The “Cool For The Summer” diva shares her feelings on Kesha, addresses her Twitter beef with Taylor Swift, opens up about the underwhelming chart performance of her latest LP and the validation she felt after performing at The Grammys. It’s a fascinating glimpse into one of pop’s rawest stars.

Let’s start with Kesha. “I don’t know what happened, and it’s none of my business, to be honest,” Demi says of singer’s legal battle with Dr. Luke. “My thing was whether it did or didn’t happen, this is somebody coming forward. And unfortunately, there’s way too much shame put on victims coming forward talking about being date-raped, raped, sexually abused. So then people feel like they can’t come forward anymore because they’ll just be torn to shreds.”

The Disney icon also shared those thoughts on Twitter and became embroiled in a passive-aggressive exchange with Taylor Swift, who donated $250,000 to Kesha’s legal defense. “I got too passionate,” Demi admits. “I get carried away on Twitter, and that’s what I said, and that’s that.” She then, somewhat amusingly, takes another jab at the “Bad Blood” hitmaker. “Listen, there’s nothing positive that comes from pitting women against each other,” she says. “There are women that I don’t get along with, and that’s fine. My thing is, don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work. I have an immense amount of respect for women like Lena Dunham…or Beyonce, who make amazing political statements through their work.” I guess she won’t be part of Tay Tay’s girl squad any time soon.

Demi then confessed to being depressed about the lackluster chart performance of her Confident singles. “I was really bummed about it because that’s what I was going for,” she explains. “I got to a point where I was like, ‘Oh my god, it does not fucking matter.’ At the end of the day, I’m going to be on tour and I want to be performing songs on stage that I can sing my ass off to and really feel when I’m on stage. So now I have a much better sense of my music.”

This is where she spills some interesting tea for music-starved fans. “By the time I go on tour, I want to be able to perform new songs,” Demi reveals. “Ideally, I would release a single next month.” The tour is destined to be the highlight of this era given her stand-out live performance at The Grammys. “I remember Lionel [Richie] was sitting next to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson,” the pop star remembers.

“Lionel looked so happy, and when I hit that first big note, Bruno almost fully stood out of his chair and he put his fist in the air. I was like, ‘Oh, shit, this is really going well.’ When I got off stage, I just started crying. It’s taken me so long to get to the Grammys, and to finally get to perform there was amazing.” Read the full article here.

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