Demi Lovato Backs Down On Taylor Swift Criticism: “Everyone Has Their Own Way Of Giving Support To Others”
As Gossip Cop reported, Swift’s rep confirmed on Sunday night that she was donating $250,000 to Kesha “to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time” as she battles Dr. Luke, whom has has accused of rape, in court. Not long after Lovato, who earlier had tweeted support for Kesha and victims of sexual assault, ripped Swift’s donation on both Twitter and Instagram. “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” Lovato tweeted.
She went on to debate the issue via comments on Instagram, arguing, “Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn’t grow up with money and def haven’t made as much as her. At least I speak up about s**t that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.” Lovato insisted her remarks weren’t “shade” against Swift, but she continued to diss her fellow singer.
On Monday evening, Lovato took to Instagram again, this time to clarify her position and acknowledge she went too far with her remarks. She began, “As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say.”
“And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place,” Lovato continued. “Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories.”
She went on, “They’re more likely to face retaliation and harassment than to see justice being served. Especially women. It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men. All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society.”
“Everyone has their own way of giving support to others, and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters,” Lovato said. “Ultimately, the message I want people to hear is it’s okay to come forward with your abuse and if you do decide to take action, you are not alone.”
Lovato’s post was accompanied by a photo showing a statistical representation of rapists, rapists reported, rapists who faced trial, rapists who were jailed,, and rapists who were falsely accused. The image, seen below, has been circulating on social media over the last few days as Kesha’s sexual assault case against Dr. Luke continues to unfold.