"If I had listened to the patriarchy, my life would have never changed, my pronouns would have never changed.," the pop singer, 28. began. "I probably would have been married to a man with kids doing the thing that I was raised to believe that I should do."
"After years of living my life for other people, trying to make myself smaller for the patriarchy -- they run the industry, they are at the center of everything. When I realized that, I thought, 'What are the ways that the patriarchy has been holding me back?' And for me, it was putting me in a box telling [me], 'You are a female, this is what you're supposed to like, this is what you're supposed to do, don't dream bigger and don't speak louder.'"
"That didn't vibe for me because I'm too outspoken for that," they added.
"I feel like the reason why that happened was because I was ignoring my truth, and I was suppressing who I really am in order to please stylists or team members or this or that, or even fans that wanted me to be the sexy, feminine pop star in the leotard and look a certain way, you know?" they said.
Last week, the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer came out as non-binary during their new podcast, "4D With Demi Lovato."
"Over the past year-and-a-half, I've been doing some healing and self-reflective work. And through this work, I've had the revelation that I identify as non-binary," they explained. "With that said, I'll be officially changing my pronouns to they/them. I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am, and am still discovering."