Demi Lovato Clapped Back at a Reporter for a Body-Shaming Headline
The "Sorry Not Sorry" singer called him out in a series of Instagram Stories.
If there's anyone who knows how to clap back in the face of disrespect, it's Demi Lovato. So when a reporter at The Inquisitr wrote a headline that focused on Lovato's "fuller figure," the singer didn't hold back in calling him out on social media.
The original headline of the article read, "Demi Lovato Appears To Have A Fuller Figure After Working Up A Sweat In LA." When Lovato saw it, she took to her Instagram Stories to express her frustration with the article's body-shaming language. (Related: Why Body-Shaming Is Such a Big Problem and What You Can Do to Stop It)
"I am more than my weight," Lovato wrote in big red letters over a screenshot of the article's headline. She even tagged the reporter to directly hold him accountable.
Lovato made it clear in the rest of her Instagram Stories that she's not "triggered" or upset by the headline. Rather, she's "angry" that it was entirely focused on her body, particularly given the fact that she's been so open about recovering from an eating disorder. "I'm not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by diet culture," she wrote.
"Too many people today base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should look like or weigh," Lovato continued. "Articles like these only contribute to that toxic way of thinking." (Related: How Body-Shaming Someone Else Finally Taught Me to Stop Judging Women's Bodies)
After Lovato put the reporter on blast in her Instagram Stories, he reached out to her directly on the platform to apologize. "I completely take full responsibility for this," he wrote in a DM to the singer. "I'm really sorry, sincerely. You're an incredible talent and you're right, your body is not all you are. This is a lesson learnt."
"I thank you for your apology," Lovato replied. "I really respect you for the way you're receiving this message."
Lovato went on to emphasize that her intention in calling out the reporter wasn't to hurt him. She simply wanted to get his attention and make a larger point about "these types of headlines," and how "damaging" it can be to use such body-shaming language so casually. (Related: I'm a Fitness Writer and *Still* Get Body-Shamed When Shopping)
The article has since been updated to include an author's note at the top of the story, which reads: "Firstly, a sincere 'Thank you' to Demi Lovato for her grace and patience in our exchange. While I wrote this story with the best of intentions, I totally appreciate and understand her perspective on the matter and culture in general and I truly appreciate her taking the time to have a dialogue with me about it. As Demi said to me, 'our voices are all we have to create the biggest change on this planet.'" (Be sure to check out Demi Lovato's inspiring health and fitness journey.)
Naturally, Lovatics were still quick to defend the singer on social media, but she made sure to shut down any hate the author might have been getting after their reconciliation. "Okay #Lovatics, be nice now," she wrote. "I appreciate your support but he learned a lesson and we never respond with hate, only love."
Shout-out to both Demi and the reporter for having a mature, thoughtful conversation about the damage body-shaming can cause, and what it takes to own up to your mistakes. As Lovato wrote in her Instagram Stories, "Change is made [by] raising your voice, speaking your truth and spreading love and compassion, not hate."