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Demi Lovato Tells 'Rude' HuffPost Editor to 'Chill Out' About Her Sexuality

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is "Sorry Not Sorry" for staying silent on her sexuality — and she won't be pressured otherwise.

The pop star clapped back at Noah Michelson, the executive editor of HuffPost Queer Voices, who criticized Lovato for not being more forthcoming about her identity in a recent interview. "I love Demi Lovato, but her reason for refusing to talk about her sexuality is total bullshit," he declared Wednesday in a tweet linking to an op-ed.

"Expectant and rude. Watch my documentary and chill out," Lovato responded in a string of Twitter posts.

"Just because I'm refuse to label myself for the sake of a headline doesn't mean I'm not going to stand up for what I believe in," she added.

"If you're that curious about my sexuality, watch my documentary. But I don't owe anybody anything," she concluded.

Lovato aroused speculation over her sexual orientation on gay Twitter earlier this month, after a picture of herself holding hands with Lauren Abedini, an out DJ, went viral. 

Afterward, Lovato said she would "pass" on the opportunity to speak about her sexuality to the LGBT outlet Pride Source. "I just feel like everyone's always looking for a headline and they always want their magazine or TV show or whatever to be the one to break what my sexuality is. I feel like it's irrelevant to what my music is all about," she said.

"Unfortunately, we live in a world where everyone is trying to get that soundbite and I am purposefully not giving the soundbite. Watch my documentary," she added. Her YouTube Red documentary, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, will be released October 12.

Michelson was not happy with Lovato's interview. In response, he penned an op-ed expressing fears that Lovato — whether she be straight, lesbian, or bisexual — would further stigmatize queer identities with her silence.

"Think about it: How many straight people refuse to say that they’re straight?" Michelson asked. "Almost none. Why? Because their sexuality isn’t demonized and therefore there’s no reason to keep it private. Likewise, queer sexualities shouldn’t be private either ― especially if we really mean what we say when we claim that we’re 'proud' of who we are as queer people."

"The longer she refuses to talk about this one specific aspect of who she is ― while continually telling the queer community that we should be proud of who we are and simultaneously courting us to buy her albums and concert tickets ― the less I’m inclined to want her support ... or to support her," he concluded.

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