Pop star Demi Lovato said she cut her long hair in order to free herself of the “gender and sexuality norms” imposed on her by a Christian culture in the South.
Lovato made the comments while a guest on the Drew Barrymore Show on Tuesday.
She said that she has given up on trying to be a “sexy feminine pop star” and instead cut her hair.
“I cut my hair because I just wanted to free myself of all of the gender and sexuality norms that were placed on me as a, you know, Christian in the South,” said Lovato.
“And when I cut my hair, I felt so liberated because I wasn’t subscribing to an ideal or a belief placed upon me to be something that I’m not.”
Lovato says she feels the “happiest” she’s ever been because she’s no longer trying to be something she’s not.
“If you don’t like it, fine,” she added, “but if this provokes a conversation and raises awareness, takes away the stigma about the topics I’m talking about, then that’s what I want, is to just open people’s perspectives and to change the conversation around recovery too.”
The pop singer was publicizing a documentary about her life entitled “Demi Lovato: Dancing With The Devil.”
Lovato had recently come out as a “pansexual” as well, meaning that she eschews traditional gender designations and is attracted to “anything really.” She also blamed Christianity for suppressing her pansexual sexuality.