Listen: Demi Lovato Talks Pansexuality, Says She's 'So Fluid'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday April 3, 2021
Originally published on March 30, 2021

Pop singer Demi Lovato told host Joe Rogan that she's pansexual and "so fluid now," in an interview on his podcast, Today reports.

"The 28-year-old 'Anyone' singer described herself as pansexual, explaining that she is attracted to men and women and 'anything' in between," Today reported.

"I'm so fluid now," Lovato disclosed on "The Joe Rogan Experience."

Rogan sought clarification for what "fluid" meant. "You like girls? You like boys?"

"Yeah...anything, really," she confirmed pansexuality.

"I heard someone call the LGBTQIA+ community the alphabet mafia," Lovato quipped, ET said in an article. "That's it! That's what I'm going with. I'm part of the alphabet mafia...and proud."

"Part of the reason I am so fluid is that I was, like, super closeted" earlier in life, she continued.

"I felt a lot of shame...growing up in Texas, as a Christian, that's very frowned upon," Lovato said. "Any attraction I ever had toward a female at a young age, I shut it down before I even let myself process what I was feeling."

The interview on Rogan was not the first time Lovato has publicly declared herself as "fluid." She told InStyle the same in 2018: "I'm very fluid...love is love."

"I like the freedom of being able to flirt with whomever I want," said Lovato.

Lovato has a new album, "Dancing With the Devil... The Art of Starting Over," out April 2, as well as a similarly-titled documentary, "Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil," which premiered March 23.

She spoke with Entertainment Weekly about those projects, how she's now putting her health ahead of work, and her brief engagement to Max Ehrich.

"I am too gay to marry a man, right now," she said.

Lovato was "not just willing...but excited to talk about how queer she is," Entertainment Weekly said at one point. "I've always known I was hella queer, but I have fully embraced it."

Speaking with Glamour - which she covered this month - Lovato spoke more directly about the importance of authenticity.

"When I ignore and deny myself of my truth, I get angry, and I overflow, and I make choices that are bad for me," she told the magazine. "If I look in the mirror and present the mirror with something I'm not, it will shatter."

When that meant when it came to sexuality, Lovato went on to explain, was this:

"I hooked up with a girl and was like, 'I like this a lot more.' It felt better. It felt right. Some of the guys I was hanging out with—when it would come time to be sexual or intimate, I would have this kind of visceral reaction. Like, 'I just don't want to put my mouth there.' "

To hear Lovato's interview with Rogan, follow this link.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.