Demi Lovato has credited an iconic kissing scene in Cruel Intentions with helping her realise she’s queer.
The Sorry Not Sorry hitmaker – who recently split from fiance Max Ehrich – opened up about the moment while chatting to Tan France on Facebook Watch for National Coming Out Day.
‘It was definitely when I was young and should not have been watching Cruel Intentions, but I did and it was that scene where they made out on the park lawn,’ Demi said.
‘I was just like, “Oh, wait a minute I really like that, I wanna try it”. And then when I was 17 I did get down with that and that’s when I knew.’
In the scene, Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah) teaches teenager Cecile Caldwell (Selma) how to kiss with tongues during a picnic in the park – a moment that won the stars an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss.
Demi also chatted about her coming out experience, recalling: ‘I pretty much told all of my friends and my older sister when I was 17. They all knew before I brought it to my parents and the public.’
The Stone Cold hitmaker added that she expressed her sexuality through her song lyrics before coming out to the world.
‘There were times I wrote songs about girls that my fans thought I wrote about guys,’ she explained.
‘I was sharing it with the world and yet I wasn’t being completely obvious with what I was talking. Music was my safe space.’
Demi also recalled the moment she told her mother Dianna about being queer.
She said: ‘I was about to go on a date with a girl and if my mom saw I just wanted to like call her and be like: “Hey, Mom, just so you know, I’m about to go out with a girl and I just need you to know what’s up.”‘
She added: ‘We never talked about it and so then I kind of internalized that and added shame onto not just outright telling her, and I held onto that for years. And so for me it was a very emotional phone call.
‘For her she was just like: “Honey, I want you to be happy, and if that’s what a man, if that’s with a woman, I don’t – whatever. I just want you to be happy.”
Demi went on: ‘And so that was a beautiful phone call for me and I’m very fortunate that I got to have that experience ‘cause I know that a lot of people don’t, but you know, it’s something that I think we’re progressing with in time, where like more and more people are getting to have that experience as well.’
The Disney alum revealed she was willing to date women in the 2017 documentary Simply Complicated.
A year later, she told InStyle: ‘I’m very fluid, and I think love is love. You can find it in any gender. I like the freedom of being able to flirt with whoever I want.’
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