Last Wednesday, Demi Lovato announced that they are non-binary and that their pronouns are officially they/them.
Lovato shared the news on Instagram, writing, “Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all — I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward. This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work. I’m still learning and coming into myself, and I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me. I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones.”
“Non-binary” refers to someone who does not identify solely as male or female, i.e., the traditional gender binary, according to the Human Rights Campaign. You can identify as male and female, between the two genders, or not belong to any gender category.
In addition to their Instagram post, Lovato will also discuss coming out as non-binary in the first episode of their new podcast, 4D, which features a conversation with gender-nonconforming writer, performer, and speaker Alok Vaid-Menon. That episode arrives Wednesday, May 19, Rolling Stone reported.
In the intro to the episode, Lovato said they wanted to use the show to “share what this means to me and what it may look like for other people.” Lovato added that their conversation with Vaid-Menon will touch on “identity at large, but also take time to personally reflect on how I came into my truth so that we, like many others, are able to live our lives authentically.”
Other celebrities who identify as non-binary include Sara Ramirez and Sam Smith. Ramirez, a former “Grey’s Anatomy” star, said they were non-binary in 2020 in an Instagram post.
Grammy-winning singer Sam Smith came out as nonbinary and genderqueer in 2019, sharing a few months later they use “they/them” pronouns after what the pop star called a “lifetime of being at war with my gender.”